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Press Releases 2010

Fact Sheet: U.S. Response to Pakistan's Flooding Disaster

August 30, 2010

The United States has responded immediately and generously to Pakistan's call for assistance following the tragic and devastating floods that began July 29.  This includes $150 million to support immediate relief efforts in Pakistan, through the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority, the UN's emergency response plan, and many other local and international organizations.  An additional $50 million has been allocated for initial recovery efforts to assist with reestablishment of communities impacted by the floods.  The United States is now providing $200 million as well as significant in kind and technical assistance specifically to address the impact of these floods.

We are expanding pre-existing programs in flood-affected areas, providing temporary bridges, and mobilizing significant U.S. military and civilian resources to rescue victims of the disaster and deliver needed supplies.  U.S. military and civilian aircraft continue to support flood relief operations.  Through August 29, these aircraft have evacuated 8,822 people and delivered more than 2,580,000 pounds of relief supplies.

American businesses and private citizens also are making generous contributions to assist the people of Pakistan.

Latest Developments:

  • USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah visited Pakistan August 24-26 to consult with the government and relief organizations on ways to expand and improve flood relief efforts. He announced on August 25 that the U.S. is providing $50 million to support early recovery programs, such as rehabilitation of community infrastructure and livelihood recovery activities. This $50 million will be provided from funds as authorized under the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009, known as the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act. The additional funding will support early recovery programs, such as rehabilitation of community infrastructure and livelihood recovery activities.
  • People in Pakistan are invited to share information and updates by SMS texting the word FLOODS to 7111.  People using the country's active Humari Awaz ("Our Voice") cell phone network are able to update each other about the latest flood news, valuable NGO grant and business opportunities and to make new announcements of support by SMS texting the word FLOODS to 7111.  The Humari Awaz social network was launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Government College Lahore during her visit to Pakistan in October 2009.  Since the launch, the network's subscribers collectively have sent over 350 million messages.  To learn how to use Humari Awaz mobile users need only SMS the words "HELP" or "MADAD" to 7111.

Significant U.S. Contributions To Date:

  • An additional 1,000 rolls of plastic sheeting have been delivered to Pakistan, bringing the total of the shelter materials to 5,063 rolls. The plastic sheeting will provide temporary shelter for approximately 152,000 people.
  • Seven additional mobile water treatment units arrived August 26, bringing the total to 13 now in Pakistan. U.S. water treatment units have produced more than 5.4 million liters of clean water since August 8.
  • The US brought in an additional 40 Zodiac inflatable rescue boats, bringing the total to 58.
  • On August 29, U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft, based from Afghanistan, delivered 92,400 pounds of food and relief supplies from Rawalpindi to Sukkur, Jacobabad, Gilgit, Sharea Faisal and Quetta.
  • By August 24, the World Food Program (WFP) had provided almost 1.9 million flood-affected beneficiaries with more than 22,300 metric tons of life-saving food.
  • The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), which is partially funded by USAID, is providing 4.2 million packets of oral rehydration salts and 2.1 million zinc doses to female health workers conducting community-based management of diarrhea in children under five years of age in flood-affected areas.
  • By August 24, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which the United States is supporting through the State Department, had assisted over 335,000 flood-affected beneficiaries with the provision of 20,000 tents, 78,000 plastic tarpaulins, 105,000 blankets, 75,500 sleeping mats, 43,000 jerry cans, 36,000 plastic buckets, 23,000 kitchen sets, 26 metric tons of soap, and 42,000 mosquito nets.
  • USAID has committed $3.9 million to an NGO to support logistics and relief commodities, economic recovery and market systems, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities for flood-affected people in KPk and Sindh provinces.