To assist those impacted by the devastating floods that are currently submerging the majority of Pakistan, the US military has started airlifting essential flood relief supplies there.
According to a statement released by the US Embassy in Islamabad, Centcom is working with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to assist Pakistanis in times of need after catastrophic floods destroyed devastation and killed more than 1,300 people nationwide.
Around 20 distinct shipments totaling nearly $2.2 million worth of necessities for maintaining life, such as equipment for cooking and building shelter, will be distributed around the nation as part of the relief activities.
On September 2, a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) was sent out to oversee the US government’s response activities, which the US military is assisting with.
The equipment that arrived today in flood-affected Sindh Province, #Pakistan, on this @usairforce C-17 airplane will help lay the groundwork for the shipments of vital @USAID relief supplies planned for the coming days. https://t.co/DYjGmFQT9m
— USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (@USAIDSavesLives) September 8, 2022
With these flown aid supplies included, the flood response has cost a total of $30.1 million to date, it was stated.
The embassy stated that “our humanitarian donations are prioritising urgently needed food, nutrition, multi-purpose cash, safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene, and shelter assistance,” adding that the Biden administration is still deeply saddened by the devastation brought on by the catastrophic flooding that affected the entirety of Pakistan.
This support, it added, will save lives and reduce suffering among the most vulnerable affected communities and the crisis will be monitored in close coordination with local partners and Pakistani authorities.