The United States has announced an additional $30 million in life-saving humanitarian assistance to support people and communities affected by severe flooding in Pakistan.
The aid would be provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This support will save lives and reduce suffering among the most vulnerable communities.
The new aid has been announced in addition to over $1.1 million in grants and project support earlier this month to ensure direct assistance reaches those communities most impacted and to help mitigate and prevent the effects of future floods.
Pakistan’s government has declared the floods a national emergency, with 66 districts declared to be a “calamity hit”. More than 33 million have been affected and 1,160 people have lost their lives in the deadly floods, including 384 children.
The United States said that it is deeply saddened by the devastating loss of life, livelihoods, and homes throughout Pakistan. The United States will prioritize urgently needed food support, safe water, sanitation and hygiene improvements, financial help, and shelter assistance.
The US embassy statement said that they will continue to monitor the crisis in close coordination with local partners and Pakistani authorities.
A USAID disaster management specialist also arrived in Pakistan on August 29 to assess the impact of the floods and intensify coordination with partners on response efforts.