Tomorrow, August 19, at 8:30 a.m. EDT, the Asia Society will host a discussion on the international response to flooding in Pakistan, prior to the United Nations Special Session on Pakistan.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, and other international figures will take part, and leaders of major international humanitarian relief organizations will discuss ways to help.
To date, the United States has provided approximately $90 million to support relief efforts in Pakistan, including funding for the operations of the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority, the UN's emergency relief plan, and the many local and international organizations responding to this disaster. These funds are also being used to provide critical supplies to flood affected populations.
The U.S. is also providing millions of dollars of additional in-kind and technical assistance. 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. There currently are 18 U.S. military and civilian aircraft in Pakistan and three aircraft based in Afghanistan in support of flood relief operations. U.S. helicopters have evacuated 4,988 people and delivered 524,213 pounds of relief supplies.
America's response to this tragic flood has been consistent with our humanitarian values and our deep commitment to Pakistan.
Additional information on Pakistan flood disaster relief, including ways you can help, is available here.