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SOS Hillary Clinton to Address UN on Pakistan Floods

August 18, 2010

Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks to Plenary Meeting of the

UN General Assembly on the Humanitarian Situation Resulting from the Floods in Pakistan

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks to a plenary meeting of the UN’s General Assembly on Thursday, August 19 on the humanitarian situation resulting from the floods in Pakistan.

The General Assembly meeting, currently scheduled to take place at approximately 3:00 p.m., will be an opportunity to express solidarity and to further mobilize the support of Member States and the international community for the situation in Pakistan. The UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has launched an initial appeal for $460 million for immediate relief in Pakistan.

Secretary Clinton is currently scheduled to give remarks at the plenary meeting at approximately 4:00 p.m. She will also hold bilateral meetings with Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon and Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi. Additional details on media coverage for events are to be announced.

The United States is already responding to this crisis in a number of ways in close coordination with the Government of Pakistan and their disaster management specialists:

· To date, we have committed approximately $90 million to support relief efforts in Pakistan, including funding for the operations of the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority, the UN’s emergency relief plan, and the many local and international organizations responding to this disaster.

· U.S. humanitarian relief experts have been deployed to the field.

· U.S. helicopters have evacuated 5,912 people and delivered 717,713 pounds of relief supplies.

· We’ve sent boats to help with search and rescue and water purification units to provide clean water for thousands of people as well as temporary bridges to replace the bridges damaged by the floods.

As Secretary Clinton said in a statement last week: “The United States has a history of working with the Government of Pakistan to respond to natural disasters. Today, we’re continuing that tradition. We’ve been working hard over the past year to build a partnership with the people of Pakistan and this is an essential element of that partnership; reaching out and helping each other in times of need.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Patrick permalink
    August 26, 2010 6:05 pm

    If we help others with money while were in this alledged trillion dollar debt crisis, why are we giving money to other countries when we can’t afford it? That doesn’t make sense at all. a 460 million or even a 9 million funding to our own men and women would be much better. If the USA has another natural disaster are we going to be able to fund our own needs? My god if I had 460 million dollars or 90 for that fact I would build a few inventions I have illistrated or then put together a package for US to harvest the benefit so to speak. I am in need to be compensated myself. Time for forward movement will suffice. Everything else will prove its worth. yet I do believe we need to keep our money to ourselves, in order to progress appropriately.

  2. December 2, 2010 5:08 am

    The devastating flood in Pakistan had destroyed more than half of the economy of the country.The country which was already facing several other crises including terrorism,poverty,corruption,illiteracy has now hit by another challenge in the form of flood.At this crucial time ,the world has pledge to help Pakistan in any form .

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Pakistan on Sunday August 16 2010 to boost relief efforts as concerns grew about the 20 million people made homeless in one of the worst disasters to hit the country.

    Authorities said more flood surges were coursing down the River Indus and other waterways in southern Sindh province and were expected to peak later Sunday, causing fresh deluges. The river, which in better times irrigates the crops of millions of farmers, is 15 miles (25 kilometers) wide at some points — 25 times wider than during normal monsoon seasons.

    The United Nations said the rate of diarrheal disease continued to increase among survivors. Cholera, which can spread rapidly after floods and other disasters, had also been detected in the northwest, where the floods first hit more than two weeks ago.

    About 1,500 people have died in the disaster and more than 7.9 million acres (3.2 million hectares) of cotton, sugar cane and wheat crops destroyed.

    Before anything else, the direness of much of Pakistani life requires acknowledgement. Most of the affected areas were catastrophes long before the floods arrived: their major socio-economic indicators — the literacy rate, school enrollment rate, and child mortality rate — were already abysmal. The poverty in some parts of southern Punjab, for example, stood at 55 percent before the floods

    In Pakistan, an estimated 3 million victims of the worst floods in 80 years are searching for hope. Hundreds of thousands have lost their homes, drinking water is filthy and contaminated, and food is scarce. One look at the devastating images of men and women walking through brown water up to their chests makes all of us feel grateful for our comfortable — and dry — homes.

    This is a humanitarian crisis, and one should really not consider the nationality of the families dieing due to such a crisis. It is so unfortunate that people are considering.

    SWO, Collaborating Partner of Pakistan Medical Association is working in effected areas of Sindh from the first day with its team of Doctors, Volunteers and Caregivers , We have already Organized our Camps in Shikarpur, Badin and Thatta Districts, we are meeting the challenges but it is a huge natural disaster, we need more help, we now urgently need following items:

    1. Mosquito nets.
    2. Snake Bite Injections.
    3. Food stuff.
    4. Tents.
    5. Drinking Water.
    6. Medicines.

    We are looking towards International Community for their support and help. Remember, God loves those who love humanity.

    “I will never forget the destruction and suffering I have witnessed today. In the past I have witnessed many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this.” – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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    Phone: +92-021-37677933

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