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KARACHI: Volunteers at PAF Museum camp required

October 16, 2005

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KARACHI, Oct 15: The relief camp set up at the PAF Museum for earthquake victims requires a large number of volunteers for sorting out relief goods, packing and loading them on containers and trucks for their onward transportation to the affected areas.

Relief goods continue to pour in at the PAF Museum. Volunteers then sort them out, pack and load them on trucks and military cargo planes.

Since the pace of supply of relief goods is faster than the speed of its transportation, due to shortage of trucks and containers, they are piling up. It is why more volunteers are needed to accelerate their sorting, packing and transportation.

The Kashmir and northern parts of the country would be facing harsh weather after two to three weeks, creating a sort of emergency to transport the relief goods to the affected areas so that survivors could be protected from further harm.

At present, volunteers are working in two shifts. The first shift starts from 10am to 4pm and the second shift starts after iftar and continues till 10pm.

In the morning, school and college students offer help for unloading the relief goods. The goods are brought by various organisations, collected by them, in relief camps throughout the city, and in educational institutions, etc.

However, by noon, the loading of the goods on containers and trucks, and on planes and helicopters starts.

The pace of arrival of relief goods at the camp picks up by evening. It is then that a large number of volunteers are required to sort out the goods and offload the incoming trucks, pickups and cars carrying medicines, woollies, clothes, utensils, mineral water bottles, tents, dry ration including biscuits.

The camp also needs packing materials like ropes, packing tapes, cutters, markers, cartoons, etc.—APP