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 www.interaction.org. Information on organizations responding to the humanitarian situation in Pakistan may be available at www.reliefweb.int.
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.