More US helicopters arrive for relief operations

Published: August 17, 2010
Pakistani men throw a bag of flour onto a pile out the back of a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter that has arrived to deliver humanitarian assistance to flood victims. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistani men throw a bag of flour onto a pile out the back of a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter that has arrived to deliver humanitarian assistance to flood victims. PHOTO: REUTERS

Four US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters arrived in Pakistan on Monday and US Air Force C-130 cargo aircraft began transporting international aid within Pakistan in support of flood relief, says the US embassy in Islamabad.

The four helicopters are part of the contingent of 19 helicopters ordered to Pakistan last week by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates. They bring to 11 the total number of US military aircraft in Pakistan, while seven US civilian aircraft are also taking part in the relief operation.

Two US Air Force C-130 aircraft from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing in Afghanistan flew into the Chaklala airbase in Rawalpindi on Monday morning in response to a Pakistani government request to pick up and transport international relief supplies stored there for delivery to the flood-hit areas. These flights are scheduled to continue on a daily basis to assist with getting out urgently needed relief supplies. An estimated 52,000 pounds of relief supplies were delivered on Monday to Sukkur for distribution by Pakistani civil and military authorities.

To date, the US has pledged to provide approximately $76 million in assistance to the flood- affected populations in Pakistan. Support includes both financial assistance and immediate provision of urgently needed supplies and services, drawing on unique US capabilities and resources.

US military helicopters have rescued 3,555 people and transported 436,340 pounds of emergency relief supplies in spite of bad weather. In addition, within 36 hours of the initial flooding on July 29, the US began
delivering thousands of halal meals to Pakistan from US stocks in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the region. In all, 436,944 halal meals “ready to eat” were provided.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • fk
    Aug 17, 2010 - 3:28AM

    appreciate your help….thank you Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 17, 2010 - 5:38AM

    Thank you America :). Thank u for always being there and for sticking around.It high time we finally acknowledge their contributions. Every and help that we get can save lives. For all those talking about a Ummah and our “higher than the mountains and deeper than the oceans” friendship with chine…PLZ zip it. Recommend

  • Nida
    Aug 17, 2010 - 5:40AM

    I completely agree!. we have this tendency to bite the hand that feeds. either we should stop asking for aid which we wont…or acknowledge what america has done for us over the years. Recommend

  • Farukh Sarwar
    Aug 17, 2010 - 2:03PM

    The relief efforts carried out by the US authorities is immense; provision of Hilal meals for the affected population shows the concern that the US government and the authorities have for them.Recommend

  • Akhtar
    Aug 19, 2010 - 12:04AM

    After taking 300,000 lives in Iraq, Afganistan and Pakistan they have rescued a little over 3000 people. They need to ‘do a lot more’ if they want to washout their wrongdoings.Recommend

  • Mohommad Tahir
    Aug 19, 2010 - 10:50AM

    If they are so great people why haven’t they allowed relief aircrafts to use Jacobabad air-base for millions of people who are difficult to access? Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 20, 2010 - 1:30AM

    Lets learn to appreciate things as well. Try focusing on the good side as well Mr Tahir. Where is China and Saudia and our other so called brothers of the Muslim Ummah. when ever tragedy has struck, it is the Americans that are there taking the first step. I dont see Arab helicopters flying anywhere…says alot. Thank u America.Recommend

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