U.S. efforts to assist those affected by
the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that struck South Asia October
8 were summarized by the Department of State in a fact sheet
issued October 10.
Pakistani soldiers rush victims of the October 8 South Asian earthquake to a U.S. military helicopter, Tuesday, October 11 for transport to medical facilities. The United States is providing an initial contribution of up to $50 million for relief and reconstruction and has dispatched an initial airlift of humanitarian supplies to the affected region. (© AP/WWP)
The fact sheet, which includes details on
assistance provided as of 5:30 p.m. EDT (2130 GMT) updates
information initially released by the White House early
on October 10. (See related article.)
The earthquake, which hit a remote region
in northern Pakistan near Islamabad, Pakistan, is estimated
to have killed at least 30,000 people.
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
October 10, 2005
U.S. Assistance for Earthquake in Pakistan
The destruction and loss of life in Pakistan
is massive, and the United States is responding rapidly
and robustly. In response to the request of President Musharraf
and the Government of Pakistan, the United States is providing
an initial contribution of up to $50 million for relief
and reconstruction following the earthquake that struck
on October 8. The Department of Defense is also providing
additional assistance and capabilities. Pakistan's initial
request includes emergency shelter, food, water and medical
supplies, transportation assets, and emergency management
personnel. We will continue to coordinate with the government
of Pakistan to assess needs.
For the many Americans who will want to
make private contributions to assist the victims of this
disaster, we recommend that they contact the American Red
Cross at www.redcross.org
or the League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies at
Following are details on the material assistance
that has been provided as of 5:30 PM EDT, October 10.
Emergency Relief Supplies:
-- A C-17 and a C-130 arrived on October
10, carrying relief supplies, a 10-ton fork lift and two
cargo handlers, as well as a humanitarian coordination team.
-- Three additional C-17s are scheduled
to arrive in Pakistan by October 11 and other military relief
missions will follow.
-- A IL-76 carrying initial USAID/OFDA relief
supplies arrived in Islamabad on October 10, including 250
rolls of plastic sheeting-sufficient for approximately 2,500
families- 5,000 blankets, and 5,000 water containers.
-- USAID/OFDA in Washington committed $1
million to be provided through the American Red Cross in
response to a Preliminary Emergency Appeal issued by the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
This was in addition to the $100,000 announced yesterday
by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.
-- Eight U.S. military helicopters (five
CH-47 Chinooks and three UH-60 Blackhawks) arrived October
10 to assist in bringing emergency relief to communities
and villages affected by the earthquake. Some of the most
severe damage from the earthquake has been sustained in
remote areas not easily accessible by road. The helicopters
will facilitate the delivery of relief supplies to these
remote areas in Pakistan. They are scheduled to begin relief
operations in coordination with the Government of Pakistan
beginning October 11.
-- Additional capabilities for damage assessment,
heavy lift ground equipment, and medical support are being
identified and dispatched from within the Central Command
Emergency Management Assistance:
-- The head of a seven-person Disaster Assistance
Response Team (DART) has arrived in Islamabad. The rest
of the team will arrive on October 12. The team's mission
is to assess humanitarian needs, assist with targeting and
coordination of U.S. assistance, and provide technical assistance
-- A 23-member Contingency Support Group
from MacGuire Air Force Base is en route and will be involved
in planning and logistics support.
-- The United States Central Command will
also be supplying capabilities for damage assessment to
assist the Pakistani authorities.
(end fact sheet)