Friday, August 6, 2010

US Sends Help to Pakistan Flooding Disaster

The UNICEF reports that more than 1,400 people are dead and more than a million children are in need of emergency assistance after the worst floods to hit Pakistan since 1929 devastated large parts of the country in recent days. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, located in the mountains of north-western Pakistan, is the province worst affected by the floods. Many of the province's estimated 3.5 million residents lost their crops and saw their homes flooded, damaged or destroyed.

You can send help by texting the word "SWAT" to telephone number 50555 using your cell phone.  The text will result in a donation of $10 to the U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Pakistan Flood Relief Effort. Every $10 helps provide tents and emergency aid to displaced families.

Members of the Pakistan military help civilians unload from the back of
a U.S. Army (CH-47) helicopter in the town of Khwazahkela, during the
evacuation of civilians, as part of the disaster relief effort to help
the flood victims of Pakistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province
(formerly North West Frontier Province), Pakistan, on August 5, 2010.
[U.S. Army photo/ Public Domain]
More photos here

Here is a map of the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan

Map showing the districts of the Federally Adm...
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According to the US Embassy in Pakistan, the US Government response to the Pakistan flooding includes the following:
  • Six U.S. Army aircraft arrived today at Ghazi Airbase in Pakistan. The four CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. They will be operating in partnership with the Pakistan government throughout the flood-impacted areas to deliver much-needed relief supplies and provide transport to people who urgently need emergency assistance. 
  • A second consignment containing four additional water treatment units, 14 Zodiac boats with motors, 18 water storage bladders with distribution systems for drinking water and 30 concrete-cutting saws has been shipped to Peshawar for the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
  • A 25kw generator is being provided to the Frontier Scouts-KPk to support their flood relief efforts.
  • More than 460,000 halal meals from U.S. stocks in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the region have been delivered to civilian and military officials in Pakistan. 
  • The U.S. has made an initial pledge of $10 million for humanitarian assistance under the supervision of Pakistan's National Disaster Relief Authority.
  • U.S. helicopters assigned to Ministry of Interior's 50th Squadron have airlifted a total of 733 people and transported 11,873 pounds of provisions to flood victims since July 30.
  • Four Zodiac inflatable rescue boats with power motors and two water filtration units-- which provide pumping, purification, and distribution of potable water for up to 10,000 persons daily-- are being provided for use in the affected area.
  • Twelve pre-fabricated steel bridges have been made available as temporary replacements for highway bridges damaged by flooding in Peshawar and Kurram Agency.

There is not much current news in the US Consulate General Peshawar website.  We did note that the newly arrived Consul General Elizabeth Rood was up and about with the delivery of halal meals to flood victims. The Facebook pages of US Emb Islamabad as well as US ConGen Karachi and US ConGen Lahore all carry the snapshots of US flood relief assistance to Pakistan but only the embassy has posted in its website the Fact Sheet.

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