About the Author: Rick Snelsire serves as Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Delivering much-needed aid to Pakistani citizens affected by floods in the remote northern region, a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 cargo aircraft flew 11,000 pounds of relief supplies into Gilgit, Pakistan on Saturday, August 28.
As with all U.S. military relief operations, the flight was conducted in partnership with the Pakistan military. Additional aid flights to Gilgit are planned in the very near future.
Gilgit is the capital city of Pakistan's self-governed Gilgit-Baltistan region, located in the north of Pakistan. Known for its rugged and mountainous terrain, significant flood damage to the region's roads and bridges has made aid delivery difficult.
To date, U.S. military aircraft supporting flood-relief efforts in Pakistan have transported more than 2.2 million pounds of humanitarian assistance supplies and rescued more than 8,000 people within Pakistan, delivering aid and providing transport to people who urgently need emergency assistance.
Learn more about Pakistan flood relief efforts and how you can help at www.state.gov/pakistanflooding.