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State Department Updates U.S. Response to Pakistan Earthquake

16 November 2005

Fact sheet outlines U.S. assistance to date, private-sector engagement

The United States has raised its commitment to relief and reconstruction efforts following the October 8 Pakistan earthquake, announcing $180 million in aid to Pakistan for earthquake assistance, according to a fact sheet issued November 9 by the State Department.

The U.S. package includes commitments of $100 million for humanitarian relief and reconstruction, and $80 million to support Defense Department relief operations. 

According to the fact sheet, more than 1,200 American personnel are in Pakistan to assist with relief efforts and 162 U.S. military and civilian cargo airlifts have delivered over 1,900 tons of medical supplies, food, shelter material, blankets and rescue equipment to Pakistan.  U.S. helicopters have flown 2,425 missions delivering more than 4,000 tons of relief supplies to the disaster area and transporting more than 16,000 people, including over 4,300 people needing medical attention.

At the request of President Bush, five distinguished private-sector leaders have agreed to undertake a nationwide effort to encourage private donations for relief and reconstruction in response to the South Asia earthquake.  (See related article.)

In addition, American charitable organizations have raised $22 million for the relief effort and U.S. companies have committed $35 million in cash and in-kind contributions, the fact sheet said.

For additional information on the earthquake and its aftermath, see U.S. Response to Earthquake in South Asia.

Following is the State Department fact sheet:

(begin fact sheet)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
November 16, 2005

FACT SHEET

U.S. Response to Pakistan's Earthquake Disaster

American Generosity:

-- The United States has made a commitment of $180 million to Pakistan for earthquake assistance, including $100 million for humanitarian relief and reconstruction, and $80 million obligated by the Defense Department to support its relief operations.

-- America's response to this tragic disaster has been immediate and generous, consistent with our humanitarian values and our deep commitment to Pakistan.  The United States will remain active in relief and reconstruction efforts through our aid programs, unique military capabilities, and private sector efforts.

-- To date, through USAID, the U.S. has spent close to $50.2 million of its $100 million commitment for commodities and support for UN and other international organizations and NGOs providing emergency assistance.  In particular, the United States is focused on addressing the urgent need for shelter as winter approaches.

-- The United States will participate in the Government of Pakistan's Reconstruction Conference November 19 with a delegation headed by USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios.  A World Bank- and Asian Development Bank- prepared needs assessment is being presented to the Government of Pakistan and subsequently to participants in the Conference.

Unique U.S. Resources Committed:

-- Over 1200 American personnel are in Pakistan to assist with relief efforts.

-- 162 U.S. military and civilian cargo airlift flights have delivered about 1900 tons of medical supplies, food, shelter material, blankets, and rescue equipment to Pakistan.  U.S. ground support personnel in Pakistan have unloaded a total of over 5200 tons of relief supplies from U.S. and other aircraft.

-- American helicopters have flown 2425 sorties delivering over 4000 tons of relief supplies to the disaster area and transporting over 16000 people, including over 4300 people needing medical attention.

-- A 125 person Naval Mobile Construction Battalion is working to clear debris and to build support structures at camps for displaced persons.

-- A U.S. Army Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is operating in Muzaffarabad, having provided urgent medical care to more than 2000 injured people.  A U.S. Marine medical team began treating patients in Shinkaria November 15.

-- Nine U.S. military and commercial ships have delivered 115 pieces of heavy equipment, 34 containers of supplies and 176 tons of humanitarian assistance through the port of Karachi.

Private Sector Engagement:

-- At the request of the President, five distinguished private-sector leaders have agreed to undertake a nationwide effort to encourage private donations for relief and reconstruction in response to the South Asia earthquake.  These leaders are Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of the General Electric Company; Hank McKinnell, Jr., Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of Pfizer, Inc.; Sandy Weill, Chairman of Citigroup, Inc.; Anne Mulcahy, Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation; and Jim Kelly, former Chairman and CEO of United Parcel Service of America, Inc.

-- Three of these CEOs, Mr. McKinnell, Ms. Mulcahy and, Mr. Kelly, traveled to Pakistan on November 14 as part of a Presidential Delegation led by Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Karen Hughes.  The delegation surveyed the disaster area, met with President Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, and renewed the U.S. commitment to provide assistance.

-- American individuals and corporations can donate directly to a fund established to provide help to the earthquake victims.  The Internet site where donations can be made to this fund is http://www.southasiaearthquakerelief.org/

-- American charitable organizations have raised $22 million for the relief effort.

-- U.S. companies have committed $35 million in cash and in-kind contributions.

(end fact sheet)

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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