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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