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U.S. flood relief efforts in Pakistan reached a new milestone on November 21

Washington – U.S. flood relief efforts in Pakistan reached a new milestone on November 21, with more than 25 million pounds of relief supplies delivered in Pakistan since U.S. military relief flight operations began August 5, U.S. Embassy Islamabad said in a press release.

(Media-Newswire.com) – Washington — U.S. flood relief efforts in Pakistan reached a new milestone on November 21, with more than 25 million pounds of relief supplies delivered in Pakistan since U.S. military relief flight operations began August 5, U.S. Embassy Islamabad said in a press release.

Flooding that began in late July caused 1,800 deaths, affected 21 million people, destroyed thousands of acres of crops and left one-fifth of Pakistan under water at one point. The government of Pakistan requested U.S. military assistance in early August. Since then, the U.S. military, working closely with the Pakistan military, has delivered 25,029,046 pounds ( approximately 11.3 million kilograms ) of relief supplies and rescued more than 39,000 people in the flood-affected regions by airlifting them to safety.

“I’m extremely proud of our aircrews and support personnel in reaching this milestone — they’ve been working incredibly hard with their Pakistan military counterparts to deliver much-needed food aid and humanitarian supplies to flood victims throughout the country,” Vice Admiral Mike LeFever, U.S. Defense Department representative to Pakistan, said in the embassy release.

The U.S. government is providing more than $463 million for Pakistan flood relief and recovery efforts, while the U.S. Agency for International Development ( USAID ) and other U.S. agencies continue to assist victims, in addition to the U.S. military operations.

There are currently 18 U.S. military helicopters and approximately 350 U.S. service members in Pakistan supporting the Pakistan government’s flood relief efforts, the embassy release states.

“With winter approaching, their work is especially appreciated in the difficult-to-reach mountain communities of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province — isolated places like Swat and Kohistan, where our troops are helping to keep food stockpiles up,” LeFever said in the press release.

Refrence: http://media-newswire.com/release_1134787.html

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