US military begins airlifting critical flood relief items to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: United States Central Command, in support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has begun airlifting life-saving humanitarian supplies to support people and communities affected by ongoing severe flooding in Pakistan.

The supplies include nearly $2.2 million worth of essential life support resources, including food preparation and shelter materials, which will be delivered over the course of the coming days in approximately 20 different shipments around the country, said a press release issued here on Friday.

Moreover on September 2, USAID also deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to lead the US government’s response efforts, which the US military is supporting. The total amount of the US 2022 flood response to date is $30.1 million, including the airlifted humanitarian supplies. The US will continue monitoring the crisis in close coordination with local partners and Pakistani authorities. The United States remains deeply saddened by the devastation caused by the catastrophic flooding throughout Pakistan. Our humanitarian donations are prioritizing urgently needed food, nutrition, multi-purpose cash, safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene, and shelter assistance. This support will save lives and reduce suffering among the most vulnerable affected communities.

The US support for the people of Pakistan is unwavering. Our emergency flood relief aid and supplies are a continuation of decades of U.S. assistance to Pakistan, including programs designed to help prepare for and mitigate the effects of natural hazards, it added.

These programs have included training on early warning systems, capacity building for community leaders and Government of Pakistan disaster management authorities, and restoring livelihoods to improve food, nutrition, and economic security, including $3 million in support this year prior to the floods.

Moreover, schools re-constructed with US support following the 2010 floods are now serving as shelters for the communities affected by the devastation.


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