President Bush on
October 8 offered his sympathy on behalf of the people of
the United States “for the loss of life and destruction
caused by the earthquake that struck outside of Islamabad
[Pakistan].” The president’s statement added
that “we stand ready to provide additional assistance
President George W. Bush offers his condolences
to victims of the earthquake in South
Asia while meeting with Pakistan's Deputy
Chief of Mission Mohammad Sadiq in Washington
Sunday, October 9. The United States is
and emergency relief funds to Pakistan
to assist with rescue and recovery from
the devastating earthquake on Saturday,
October 8. (© AP/WWP)
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also
sent her “deepest condolences” to those affected
by the earthquake. “The devastation in northern Pakistan
and on both [the Indian and Pakistani] sides of the line
of control in Kashmir is a terrible tragedy for the people
of the region,” Rice said.
In her statement, Rice said she had spoken
with the foreign ministers of Pakistan and India to convey
her sympathy and to offer “whatever assistance may
“At this difficult time, the United
States stands with its friends in Pakistan and India, just
as they stood with us and offered assistance after Hurricane
Katrina,” the storm that devastated portions of the
U.S. Gulf coast in late August, the secretary said. (See
The 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck at 8:50
a.m. local time and was centered about 95 kilometers from
Islamabad in northern Pakistan, according to the U.S. Geologic
Survey (USGS). Pakistan officials told wire services October
9 that the earthquake had killed more than 19,000 people
and that the death toll could reach as high as 30,000.
For more information on U.S. policy, see
Assistance and Refugees.
information on the earthquake is available on the USGS
Following are the texts of the president’s
and the secretary’s statements:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
October 8, 2005
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
The people of the United States offer our
deepest sympathies for the loss of life and destruction
caused by the earthquake that struck outside of Islamabad.
Our initial deployments of assistance are underway, and
we stand ready to provide additional assistance as needed.
My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this
(end Bush text)
(begin Rice text)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
October 8, 2005
Statement by Secretary of State Condoleezza
Earthquake in Pakistan and India
I send my deepest condolences to all those
affected by today's earthquake centered in northern Pakistan.
The devastation in northern Pakistan and on both sides of
the line of control in Kashmir is a terrible tragedy for
the people of the region.
I spoke with the foreign ministers of both
Pakistan and India this morning to convey our sympathy and
offer whatever assistance may be needed.
At this difficult time, the United States
stands with its friends in Pakistan and India, just as they
stood with us and offered assistance after Hurricane Katrina.