ISLAMABAD: The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), provided $50,000 in emergency relief to people in flood-affected areas of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP). The money will provide jerry cans and tankered potable water, kerosene lamps, cooking stoves, fuel, and kitchen utensils to approximately 5,400 individuals/900 households in Patwar Bala and Patwar Payen of Peshawar district.
“The United States extends its condolences to the families affected by this terrible disaster,” said U.S. Ambassador Anne W. Patterson. “This assistance from the American people will provide essential items to help the flood victims. We stand by you in this trying time.”
The relief assistance USAID is providing is crucial in the early stages of a natural disaster to avert further injury or loss of life. USAID has provided similar assistance to Pakistan during flooding in 2003, 2005 and 2007.
Immediately following the October 2005 earthquake, USAID provided relief that saved lives in the earthquake-affected areas. It has since helped rebuild some of the hardest-hit areas. Since 2002, the U.S. Government has provided more than $2 billion to Pakistan to improve economic growth, education, health, and governance and to assist with earthquake reconstruction. -SANA