Pakistan – U.S. Official, Pakistani Leaders Discuss Flood Relief

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2010 – The administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan, yesterday to consult with Pakistani government officials on the extensive U.S. response to the country’s devastating floods.

The U.S. military is working with USAID and other government and nongovernment organizations to assist Pakistani citizens battling the effects of massive floods that began July 29. Dr. Rajiv Shah is the most senior U.S. official to travel to Pakistan since the floods began. This is his third trip to Pakistan in five months. While in Pakistan, Shah will meet with senior government officials, key representatives from Pakistan’s national disaster management authority and leadership from the United Nations and other disaster response organizations.

USAID is coordinating with other U.S. agencies to expand existing programs in flood-affected areas and to mobilize significant U.S. civilian resources to help in rescuing victims of the disaster and delivering needed supplies. The efforts underscore the U.S. commitment to strengthen its partnership with the Pakistani people and government for long-term reconstruction of the country, officials said.

To date, according to a fact sheet issued yesterday by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, the United States is providing about $150 million to support relief efforts in Pakistan, including funding for the operations of the NDMA, the United Nation’s emergency relief plan, and the many local and international organizations responding to the disaster. The United States also is providing millions of dollars of additional in-kind and technical assistance.

U.S. military and civilian aircraft continue to support Pakistan flood relief operations. Through Aug. 23, these aircraft had evacuated 7,847 people and delivered more than 1.7 million pounds of relief supplies.

In other recent developments:

— U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft based in Afghanistan delivered 82,435 pounds of food and relief supplies yesterday from Rawalpindi to Sukkur, Deri Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur.

— To provide additional support to local humanitarian organizations in Pakistan, the United States has funded support officers to help nongovernment organizations apply for flood relief assistance grants available under the special $5 million „Responding to Pakistan’s Internally Displaced“ fund. The fund was created to provide quick-impact grants to local NGOs responding to the flood emergency. USAID also announced that support officers will be traveling through flood-affected areas in Multan, Sukkur, and Dera Ismail Khan.

— The World Food Program has provided a month’s supply of emergency food rations to more than 1.6 million flood-affected people in Pakistan. About half of the food aid provided by WFP is from the United States.

— USAID’s Office of Food for Peace has provided WFP with an additional $32.3 million for local and regional procurement of food, bringing the U.S. total contribution to more than $51 million.

— Since Aug. 8, U.S. water treatment units have provided about 4.8 million liters of safe drinking water.

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

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