An Update on U.S. Flood Relief Assistance to Pakistan

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 11, 2010

On August 10, 2010, Daniel F. Feldman in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and Mark Ward, Acting Director of USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, provided an update on U.S. flood relief assistance to Pakistan.

Mr. Ward said, "We're announcing an additional $20 million in humanitarian assistance from the United States for the flood affected citizens of Pakistan, bringing our contribution to date, in monetary terms, to $55 million."

Read the full transcript of the press briefing here. Support to Pakistan includes both financial assistance and the immediate provision of urgently needed supplies and services, drawing on unique U.S. capabilities and resources. This fact sheet provides more information about the U.S. response to the flooding disaster in Pakistan.

Working with mGive, Americans are contributing to Pakistan flood relief by texting the word "SWAT" to 50555. The text will result in a donation of $10 to the UNHCR Pakistan Flood Relief Effort. Every $10 helps provide tents and emergency aid to displaced families.

The most effective way people can assist relief efforts is by making cash contributions to humanitarian organizations that are conducting relief operations. A list of humanitarian organizations that are accepting cash donations for flood response efforts in Pakistan can be found at Information on organizations responding to the humanitarian situation in Pakistan may be available at

Cash donations allow aid professionals to procure the exact items needed (often in the affected region); reduce the burden on scarce resources (such as transportation routes, staff time, warehouse space, etc); can be transferred very quickly and without transportation costs; support the economy of the disaster-stricken region; and ensure culturally, dietary, and environmentally appropriate assistance.



New Mexico, USA
August 11, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

What exactly is a "Halal(sp) meal"?

Can someone list the contents?

DipNote B.
August 11, 2010

DipNote Bloggers reply:

@Eric: Good question. "Halal" in the context of meals refers to food permitted under Islamic law. It's both a matter of ingredients (e.g., no pork) as well as method of food preparation.

New Mexico, USA
August 13, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Dipnote Bloggers,

And folks have this down to an MRE?, fantastic!
I guess that kind of kills the notion terrorists use to suggest America is in a "war with Islam" doesn't it?

I've seen the Sat. photos and if the Mississippi ever flooded like that, this nation would be cut in half too.

I read Sec. Gates briefing about the carriers loaded with helicopters off the coast and I'm glad folks have allocated such resources, given a certain suggestion to this effect made long ago.

Where's "Pacific Parnership" anchored at this moment? Or on course to?

I understand the culinary restrictions, I was thinking about making one at home, just for something different in my diet.

Honestly. Culinary adventures and all...John in Greece has had an affect on my thinking, I might as well become a "Master Chef."

Hope he's doing well.

Sajjad M.
August 17, 2010

Sajjad A.M. in Pakistan writes:

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