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 19.
U.S. military personnel help evacuate an injured Pakistani girl from Muzaffarabad to Islamabad for medical treatment on Thursday, October 20. U.S. military helicopters have delivered more than 250,000 pounds of supplies to the region and helped evacuate more than a thousand injured Pakistanis since the earthquake struck on October 8. (© AP/WWP)
The fact sheet updates information initially
released by the White House early on October 10. (See related
The earthquake, which hit a remote region
in northern Pakistan near Islamabad, Pakistan, is estimated
to have killed more than 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 19, 2005
State Department Update on U.S. Response
to South Asia Earthquake
On October 9, President Bush spoke about
the tragic earthquake in South Asia and said, "...thousands
have died, thousands are wounded, and the United States
wants to help." Since that time, the United States
has been working to demonstrate the meaning of a Presidential
commitment to help our friends in crisis.
The United States has made an initial pledge
of $50 million available for immediate aid to Pakistan,
and from this pledge USAID has now provided more than $15
million to organizations rendering assistance on the ground.
U.S. civilian and military equipment, commodities and experts
have poured into Pakistan and are being deployed, as requested,
by the Government of Pakistan to relieve suffering and minimize
further loss of life.
The United States remains the principal
international provider of airlift capabilities to assist
earthquake victims and will continue to supplement these
capabilities. 17 U.S. helicopters are supporting relief
operations of the Government of Pakistan, the United Nations
and other relief organizations. U.S. helicopters have flown
483 missions, delivered over a million pounds of relief
supplies and evacuated over 2,800 people needing immediate
medical attention. We expect to deploy 13 additional helicopters
to Pakistan in the next few days.
42 U.S. military and civilian airlifts to
Pakistan have delivered hundreds of tons of medical supplies,
food, plastic sheeting, blankets, water containers and purification
units and concrete-cutting saws. We have begun deploying
a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), with final delivery
scheduled for October 22. Two ships have delivered heavy
machinery and other equipment and supplies to the Pakistani
port of Karachi. An additional vessel is expected to deliver
more engineering equipment within the next few days.
We continue to urge the American people
to support the relief effort. Because of the difficulties
and complications created by sending goods directly to earthquake
victims, we strongly urge private donors to contribute money
to humanitarian organizations.
For additional details on the relief efforts
and a list of participating humanitarian organizations,
please visit www.usaid.gov.
(end fact sheet)