Turkey delivers homes to Pakistan flood victims

10,000 displaced people will be accommodated in a Turkish housing project.

Turkey delivers homes to Pakistan flood victims

Rahim Dad, 45, whose home was washed away by massive floods in 2010, is all set to move to a newly-built home in the Thatta district of Pakistan's southern Sindh province.

"I was the most disappointed person on earth after floods washed away my house, cattle and other belongings three years ago," Dad, a farmer, told Anadolu Agency. "I had to take refuge at a shelter camp."

For the last three years, Dad and his family have been living in a makeshift home.

Over 2,000 Pakistanis were killed in 2010 as swirling waters inundated one-fifth of the country and displaced more than 18 million people.

The floods were said to be the worst-ever in Pakistan's 66-year history.

"It seemed as if I would never be able to rebuild my home again," said Dad, a father of five. "But thanks to the Turkish government, I will – God willing – have my own house again."

He is one of 10,000 displaced people who will be accommodated in a Turkish housing project.

The project comprises three mosques, a school, a sports complex, a community hall and a playground.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with his wife, had visited the flood-hit areas of Sindh – including Dad's district – in 2010, where he pledged his country's full support for the victims.

During the visit, Erdogan's wife sold a necklace to raise funds for the flood-ravaged people – a gesture met with acclaim by ordinary Pakistanis.

"I had known little about Turkey," said Dad. "I had no idea that a man [Erdogan] would come from seven seas away and hold my hand."

He added: "I am thankful to the Turkish people and government with all my heart."

Ongoing support

On Monday, Turkish Consul-General in Karachi Murat Onart handed the ownership documents for the new housing projects over to the Sindh government authorities.

He vowed his country's continued support for flood-hit Pakistanis.

"This is not the end," Onart said at the ceremony, held at the Sindh chief minister's house. "The Turkish people and government will continue to support their Pakistani brethren in any need of the hour."

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah thanked the Turkish government for its generous support to the people of his province.

"He [Erdogan] fulfilled his promise today," said Shah, who is currently serving his third term as Sindh chief minister. "We are thankful for this generous gesture by the Turkish people and government."

In 2005, Turkey's housing development administration assisted in the construction of 5,000 homes in earthquake-affected areas of Pakistan's Azad Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Eylül 2013, 18:23

Muhammed Öylek