Update: U.S. Response to Pakistan's Flooding Disaster
The United States has responded immediately and generously to Pakistan's call for assistance following the tragic and devastating floods that began July 29. The United States Government is now providing $261 million to assist with relief and recovery efforts, which does not include considerable in-kind and technical assistance specifically to address the impact of these floods.
This includes approximately $211 million to support immediate relief efforts in Pakistan, through many local and international organizations, the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority, and the UN’s emergency response plan. An additional $50 million has also been allocated for initial recovery efforts to assist with rebuilding communities impacted by the floods. The U.S. also has provided civilian and military in-kind assistance in the form of halal meals, pre-fabricated steel bridges and other infrastructure support, as well as air support to and within Pakistan to transport goods and rescue people at an approximate value of $40 million.* To date, these aircraft have evacuated more than 13,000 people and delivered 5.4 million pounds of relief supplies. We are also expanding pre-existing programs in flood-affected areas.
American business and private citizens are also making generous contributions to assist the people of Pakistan.
- The Department of State and USAID will deliver a number of water purification kits, including buckets and filtering cloths, to Pakistanis affected by the worst humanitarian disaster in Pakistan’s history. This critical assistance is possible because of the generous donations by countless private individuals and organizations to the Pakistan Relief Fund. As a result, approximately 32 million liters of clean water and supplies will reach 40,000 Pakistani households in desperate need. These numbers could easily double or triple with anticipated matched goods and funds.
- There are currently 18 U.S. military helicopters operating out of Ghazi Airbase in northern Pakistan, eight helicopters operating out of Pano Aqil Air Base in southern Pakistan, and four helicopters at Chaklala Airbase near Islamabad being prepared for future missions. At the same time, U.S. military C-130 and C-17 cargo aircraft continue to provide airlift support to Pakistan, delivering relief supplies to multiple locations throughout the country, including Skardu, Sukkur, Quetta, Jacobabad, Sharea Faisal and Gilgit.
Selected U.S. Contributions To Date:
- The United States Government is funding a nongovernmental organization that is staffing 26 mobile medical teams, including 18 teams operating in Nowshera, Charsadda and Peshawar districts, and eight teams operating in Kohat and Hangu districts. This partner also is operating two diarrhea treatment centers in Mardan district and one at the district headquarters hospital in Nowshera. Since August 2, these medical teams have conducted a total of 28,551 patient consultations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, including 1,701 consultations conducted on September 3.
- In total, the U.S. has provided 13 mobile water treatment units that each produce enough clean water for 60,000 people a day; ten 20,000-liter water bladders for the storage of clean water; 151,750 10-liter water containers; 58 Zodiac inflatable rescue boats; 96 concrete saws and saw blades; 194,380 blankets; and 6,663 rolls of plastic sheeting for the construction of temporary shelters. These relief supplies brought in from USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) warehouses in Dubai, Italy, and the United States are in addition to the supplies purchased locally by partners that are providing to those in need.
- WFP Pakistan and partners have reached nearly 3 million beneficiaries with more than 34,100 metric tons of food during the month of August. Through September 6, WFP Pakistan and partners have reached nearly 570,000 beneficiaries with more than 7,500 metric tons of food. The U.S. has provided $51.5 million in food assistance to date.
- By September 4, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which the United States is supporting through the State Department, had assisted more than 450,000 flood-affected people all over Pakistan.
Private Sector Response:
- To date, the private sector has donated more than $9 million in contributions to flood relief efforts. American Business Council members in the U.S. and Pakistan that have contributed include: Abbott Labs, Agility Logistics, AT&T, Becton Dickinson, Chevron Pakistan, Cisco Foundation, Coca-Cola Export Corporation & Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Ltd., DuPont, EMC, Feros Sons Laboratories, Hadayat Sons, Johnson & Johnson, MDS Foods, Proctor and Gamble, Pfizer Pakistan, Silver Star Enterprises, 3M, Visa and Wackenhut Pakistan (Pvt.) In addition, the Lahore-based American Business Forum has collected donations from: Coca-Cola, Environment Consultancies & Options, Levi Strauss Pakistan, Kabani & Company, General Electric, Monsanto AgriTech, Al-Bario Engineering, and Netsol Technologies.
- On September 13 the GE Foundation awarded the World Food Program (WFP) a $1 million grant to provide much needed food relief amidst looming concerns over food shortages in the region.
- People in Pakistan are invited to share information and updates by SMS texting the word FLOODS to 7111. People using the country’s active Humari Awaz (“Our Voice”) cell phone network are able to update each other about the latest flood news, valuable NGO grant and business opportunities and to make new announcements of support by SMS texting the word FLOODS to 7111. The Humari Awaz social network was launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Government College Lahore during her visit to Pakistan in October 2009. Since the launch, the network’s subscribers collectively have sent over 350 million messages. To learn how to use Humari Awaz mobile users need only SMS the words "HELP" or "MADAD" to 7111.
Public Donation Information:
- The most effective way people can assist relief efforts is by making cash contributions to humanitarian organizations that are conducting relief operations. Cash donations allow aid professionals to procure the exact items needed (often in the affected region); reduce the burden on scarce resources (such as transportation routes, staff time, warehouse space, etc); can be transferred very quickly and without transportation costs; support the economy of the disaster-stricken region; and ensure culturally, dietary, and environmentally appropriate assistance.
- The Government of Pakistan and the Pakistan cellular phone industry are inviting Pakistanis to contribute to the Prime Minister’s Fund for Flood Relief beginning August 5 by texting the amount of their donation to “1234.” A number of NGOs and companies have announced the establishment of trust funds or donations to the Prime Minister’s Fund.
- As Secretary Clinton announced August 18, the U.S. Government, through the Department of State, has established the Pakistan Relief Fund for all to join in the tremendous relief, recovery and reconstruction effort. Individuals, corporations, and other organizations can send much needed help to the people of Pakistan by contributing to this fund at www.state.gov. In the U.S., individuals can send $10 through mobile phones by texting “FLOOD” to 27722.
- Working with mGive, Americans are also contributing to Pakistan flood relief by texting the word “SWAT” to 50555. The text results in a donation of $10 to the UNHCR Pakistan Flood Relief Effort. Every $10 helps provide tents and emergency aid to displaced families.
- A list of humanitarian organizations that are accepting cash donations for flood response efforts in Pakistan can be found at www.interaction.org. Information about organizations responding to the humanitarian situation in Pakistan may be available at www.reliefweb.int.
- More information can be found at:
o USAID: www.usaid.gov/pakistanflooding
o The Center for International Disaster Information: www.cidi.org or (703) 276-1914
*The in-kind figure is not included in the calculation of the current USG total. It is an estimate of costs to date. The amount will be adjusted as additional information becomes available.