U.S. Continues to Increase Aid for Pakistan Flood Relief

US Continues to Increase Aid for Pakistan Flood Relief

US Continues to Increase Aid for Pakistan Flood Relief

As the floods in Pakistan continue to disrupt the country and the safety of Pakistani citizens, the United States is continuing to provide financial assistance to the recovery efforts in the country.  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that an additional $75 million would be donated to the United Nations World Food Program.

The funds are expected to help feed over 6 million Pakistanis who have been affected by the devastating floods.  The agency said that $70 million of the funds would be used to procure food and supplies from local sources.  The agency said that purchasing the resources needed from local markets not only helps feed those in need, but will also help the economy of Pakistan recover after the floods brought a halt to many local markets.

In total, the United States government has provided over $345 million to the relief efforts in Pakistan since summer floods ravaged the region.  The total is nearly twice that of only a month ago.  U.S. money donated to the relief efforts has gone directly to those affected by the floods in the form of food, shelter, clothing, and other necessities.

The United States has also provided over $50 million worth of in-kind relief, including the rescue of over 15,000 people by aircraft, the delivery of over 7 million pounds of relief supplies, and through halal meal and pre-fabricated bridge contributions.

In addition to the money the government has donated to the Pakistan relief effort, the American private sector has also raised and donated more than $10 million.  The Pakistani American diaspora community has contributed heavily to the Pakistan Relief Fund which was able to raise over half a million dollars.  Proctor and Gamble matched the amount raised through the fund, and the U.S. government matched the total of those funds bringing the total for the fund to $2 million.  The money from the Pakistan Relief Fund will be used to provide clean drinking water to more than 1.5 million people.

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