USA — Military Reaches Pakistan Flood Relief Milestone

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2010 — The U.S. mil­i­tary has reached a mile­stone in pro­vid­ing relief to Pak­istani flood vic­tims, a Defense Depart­ment spokesman said today.

As of yes­ter­day, the mil­i­tary had deliv­ered more than 20 mil­lion pounds of relief sup­plies since the relief effort began Aug. 5, Marine Corps Col. David Lapan told reporters.

Pak­istan still is strug­gling in the after­math of tor­ren­tial sum­mer rains that caused flood­ing that affect­ed some 20 mil­lion peo­ple, and killed at least 1,800, offi­cials said. The Unit­ed States has been the first and fore­most nation to pro­vide assis­tance to the flood vic­tims, pro­vid­ing more than $390 mil­lion in imme­di­ate relief and recov­ery efforts, and that effort con­tin­ues, Lapan said.

About 600 U.S. ser­vice­mem­bers are on the ground in flood-rav­aged areas, and 26 mil­i­tary heli­copters con­tin­ue to assist in the effort, he said. While the mil­i­tary no longer is pro­vid­ing fixed-wing air­craft sup­port, he added, the con­tin­u­a­tion of rotary-wing sup­port “shows that there still is a need.”

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

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