Update: U.S. Response to Pakistan's Flooding Disaster
Office of the Spokesman
August 3, 2010
The United States has responded immediately and generously to Pakistan's call for assistance following the tragic and devastating floods that started on July 29. Our response has been consistent with our humanitarian values and our deep commitment to Pakistan. The U.S. support to Pakistan consists of financial assistance and the immediate provision of urgently needed supplies. Latest Developments:
The Government of Pakistan has issued a detailed request for assistance which U.S. and international officials are working to support.
USAID has deployed humanitarian relief experts to Pakistan to work in support of the Government of Pakistan and manage the overall U.S. response effort.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates today authorized the deployment of 4 Chinook and 2 Black Hawk helicopters to support flood relief efforts. However, weather conditions prevented them from completing their journey. They will fly to Pakistan as soon as the weather permits.
A total of 316,584 halal meals have been delivered to civilian and military officials in Pakistan on 13 separate supply flights. More than 110,000 halal meals are expected to be delivered tonight.
U.S. Contributions To Date:
The U.S. made an initial pledge of $10 million for humanitarian assistance under the supervision of Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority.
U.S. helicopters have airlifted 733 people to safety and transported 11,873 pounds of provisions to flood victims since July 30.
Four Zodiac inflatable rescue boats with power motors and two water filtration units-- which provide pumping, purification, and distribution of potable water for up to 10,000 persons daily-- are being provided for use in the affected area.
Twelve pre-fabricated steel bridges have been made available as temporary replacements for highway bridges damaged by flooding in Peshawar and Kurram Agency.
Private Sector Response:
Working with mGive, Americans are contributing to Pakistan flood relief by texting the word “SWAT” to 50555. Every text results in a donation of $10 to the UNHCR Pakistan Flood Relief Effort, which is providing tents and emergency aid to displaced families.
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