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. Our response has been consistent with our humanitarian values and our deep commitment to Pakistan. Support to Pakistan includes financial assistance and provision of urgently needed supplies and services, drawing on America’s global capabilities and assets.
The United States Government is providing approximately $387 million to assist with relief and recovery efforts, including approximately $337 million to support immediate relief efforts in Pakistan and an additional $50 million that has 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, infrastructure support, and air support to and within Pakistan to transport goods and rescue people at an approximate value of $75 million.* There are currently 26 U.S. military helicopters in Pakistan supporting relief efforts with more offshore on the USS Peleliu. To date, U.S. aircraft have evacuated more than 23,000 people and delivered more than 16 million pounds of relief supplies. Hundreds of U.S. military and civilian personnel are working around the clock in Islamabad, in flood affected areas, and at Pakistani military bases in support of flood relief operations.
American business and private citizens are also making generous contributions to assist the people of Pakistan.
- The U.S. recently provided an additional $4.7 million to rehabilitate damaged health facilities in Punjab, Sindh, and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, as well as to expand emergency health services in areas with prolonged displacement—benefiting a total of 680,000 people countrywide. The grantee will utilize 30 mobile medical teams to provide health services in 14 priority districts, while cash-for-work crews build latrines and rehabilitate 45 government health facilities in the same areas. Rehabilitation of a damaged health facility includes repair to the building as well as the associated water, sanitation, and electrical infrastructure. In Sindh, the grantee will use mobile medical teams that travel by foot, motorbike, and boat to reach and treat inaccessible displaced populations.
- Last week the U.S. provided more than $4.3 million to meet the emergency and early recovery needs of approximately 8,000 displaced families in Thatta and Dadu Districts in southern Sindh. The funds will be used to provide safe drinking water, construct communal latrines, and distribute framing and roofing materials for transitional shelter. As floodwaters recede, the funding will provide cash-for-work opportunities for 5,000 people, along with wheelbarrows, shovels, and other tools needed to clear debris.
- This week the U.S. provided $1.2 million for rehabilitation of water infrastructure, construction of latrines, and hygiene education activities in Kohistan District, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, where the majority of the displaced have returned to their homes. The funds will be used to rehabilitate 35 water points in six flood-affected union councils by replacing or repairing damaged pumps, water reservoirs, and storage tanks—benefiting more than 31,000 people in the area.
Selected U.S. Contributions To Date:
- In total, the U.S. has provided 13 mobile water treatment units that each produce enough clean water for 20,000 people a day; twelve 12,000-liter water bladders for the storage of clean water; 208,750 10-liter water containers; 15 million water purification tablets (sufficient to chlorinate 150 million liters of water); 58 Zodiac inflatable rescue boats; 96 concrete saws and saw blades; 237,005 blankets; and 12,113 rolls of plastic sheeting for the construction of temporary shelters. These relief supplies brought in from USAID warehouses in Dubai, Italy, and the United States are in addition to the supplies purchased locally by partners that are providing assistance to those in need.
- In September, the World Food Program (WFP) and partners reached approximately 6.3 million people with over 81,000 metric tons of food. Between October 1 and 12, WFP provided more than 32,100 metric tons of emergency food assistance to nearly 2.5 million people in 39 flood-affected districts throughout Pakistan. To date, the U.S. has provided more than $137 million to WFP and NGO partners for emergency food assistance, including funding for local food procurement to support early recovery.
- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which the United States is supporting through the State Department, has assisted 1.4 million flood-affected people with shelter and non-food items across Pakistan.
Private Sector Response:
- To date, the private sector has donated approximately $10.5 million in contributions to flood relief efforts. Private sector entities that have contributed include: 3M, Abbott, Agility Logistics, Al-Bario Engineering, Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, Amgen, AT&T, Bank of America, BASF, Bayer, Becton Dickinson, BHP Billiton Petroleum, BMO Financial Group, BMW Group, Boeing, BP, Cargill, Caterpillar, Chevron, Cisco, Citi, Coca-Cola, Cummins, Inc, DHL, The Dow Chemical Co., DTAC Thailand, DuPont, DynCorp International, EMC, Environment Consultancies & Options, Equate Petrochemical, Expedia, Inc., ExxonMobil, Feros Sons Laboratories, GE, General Mills, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, James Hardie, Hadayat Sons, Harris Financial Corporation, Honda Motor Co., ICI Pakistan, Infineon Technologies, ITT Corporation, JCB, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, Kabani & Company, KAPCO, Kraft Foods, Levi Strauss, LG Electronics, MDS Foods, Medtronic, Microsoft, MoneyGram International, Monsanto, Motorola, NetSol Technologies, Inc., Novo Nordisk, Orascom Telecom, Pakistan Telecommunication Company LTD., PepsiCo, Pfizer, Primatics Financial, Procter & Gamble, Rogers Communications, Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Dutch Shell, Henry Schein, Inc., Sheraton, Siemens, Silver Star Enterprises, Staples, Inc., Tethyan Copper Company, Toshiba Group, Toyota, Tpad, UPS, Verizon, Visa, Western Union, and Wackenhut Pakistan.
- Zindagi Trust, a Pakistani-American Organization, held fundraisers for Pakistan flood relief in Los Angeles (Sept 26), Cincinnati (Oct 1), Houston (Oct 2), Princeton (Oct 9), and Atlanta (Oct 10) featuring Pakistani celebrities Shehzad Roy and Bushra Ansari. Pledges exceeded $2 million dollars.
- The Pakistan Relief Fund has received more than $626,000 in pledges and donations from more than 10,200 donors.
- Through several private fundraisers and events, the Pakistan League of the United States (PLUS) has collected $50,000 for the State Department’s Pakistan Relief Fund. Based in New Jersey, the 450-member group is comprised of Pakistani-American small business owners.
- 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:
- USAID: www.usaid.gov/pakistanflooding
- 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.