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DHL Deploys Disaster Response Team in Pakistan

DHL offices in Pakistan rally support and provide direct aid to those in need

Singapore, 02 September 2010: DHL – the world’s leading express and logistics company, today announced that it has deployed a team of logistics experts from its Disaster Response Team (DRT) to manage a temporary warehouse at Islamabad International Airport. The DRT will provide its services pro bono in close cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA). Incoming supplies from the United Nations World Food Programme as well as contributions from governments worldwide arriving through Islamabad International Airport will be handled by DHL’s DRT via three to five relief flights per day.

Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL – the parent company of DHL – commented: “The situation in Pakistan is very serious and we hope we can support ongoing relief efforts with our Disaster Response Team, professionally as usual.“

Chris Weeks, Director, Humanitarian Affairs, Deutsche Post DHL said: “Millions of people are affected by the water and temporary shelter is the greatest need, particularly food, tents and tarpaulins. We have set up the necessary logistics at the airport to facilitate the further transport of incoming goods over the next couple of weeks.”

DHL will leverage its core competencies in logistics as well as its global network to support the mission as DHL employees across borders and different business units work together to help the afflicted. Approximately 20 volunteers from DHL’s DRT are expected to be deployed on the ground in Pakistan for three weeks starting 26 August to help unload and pallet goods for further distribution. DRT Middle East will assist in relief efforts for the first two weeks while DRT Asia Pacific will take over in the third and final week.

The deployment was kicked-off on 26 August following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Disaster Management Authority Pakistan.

Besides deploying Disaster Response Team (DRT), DHL offices in Pakistan also launched relief efforts on 2 August, comprising the management of a donation drive from DHL staff worldwide and the setup of medical camps at several villages around the Muzzaffar Garh district. To date, the camps have provided medical relief to over 2000 people and provided transportation for a number of patients in critical condition to Bakhtawar Amin Memorial Trust Hospital. The camps are also stocked with supplies to cover the basic health needs of the flood victims, especially the treating of waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid fever and malaria.

Donations amounting between USD$270,000 and USD$300,000 (€212,500 to €236,100) have poured in from the DHL offices worldwide including Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Russia, Oman, Kuwait and the company’s corporate head office in Bonn, Germany.

Plans for DHL Express Pakistan to manage the provision of food rations and help in the rehabilitation process are already in the pipeline while DHL Global Forwarding Pakistan employees have been delivering relief supplies directly to flood victims in Nowshehra.

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