Pakistan Flood Aid Tops 5 Million Pounds

ISLAMABAD, Pak­istan, Sept. 13, 2010 — U.S. mil­i­tary air­craft sup­port­ing Pakistan’s flood relief efforts achieved a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone Sept. 11, exceed­ing 5 mil­lion pounds of relief sup­plies deliv­ered since U.S. mil­i­tary relief flight oper­a­tions in Pak­istan began Aug. 5.

To date, U.S. mil­i­tary heli­copters and fixed-wing air­craft, work­ing in close part­ner­ship with the Pak­istan mil­i­tary, have trans­port­ed more than 5.4 mil­lion pounds of relief sup­plies and res­cued more than 13,000 peo­ple, deliv­er­ing much-need­ed aid and pro­vid­ing trans­port to peo­ple who urgent­ly need emer­gency assis­tance.

The 15th Marine Expe­di­tionary Unit and 16th Com­bat Avi­a­tion Brigade are pro­vid­ing 30 heli­copters to sup­port relief oper­a­tions. Eigh­teen U.S. heli­copters are oper­at­ing out of Ghazi Air Base in north­ern Pak­istan, eight are oper­at­ing out of Pano Aqil Air Base in south­ern Pak­istan, and four heli­copters are at Chak­lala Air Base being pre­pared for fol­low-on mis­sions.

Mean­while, U.S. mil­i­tary C-130 and C-17 car­go air­craft also have been pro­vid­ing air­lift sup­port to Pak­istan. The C-17, the sec­ond-largest air­craft in the Air Force inven­to­ry, has the capac­i­ty to car­ry 90,000 pounds of sup­plies. Togeth­er with Marine Corps and Air Force C-130s, these air­craft have deliv­ered more than 2 mil­lion pounds of relief sup­plies to mul­ti­ple loca­tions through­out the coun­try, includ­ing Skar­du, Quet­ta, Jacob­a­bad, Sharea Faisal and Gilgit.

U.S. flood relief sup­port to Pak­istan is being pro­vid­ed through a whole-of-gov­ern­ment, inter­a­gency response. Relief efforts are being coor­di­nat­ed through the U.S. Embassy here, in full con­sul­ta­tion with the Pak­istan gov­ern­ment, includ­ing Pakistan’s Nation­al Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Author­i­ty and oth­er agen­cies.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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