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USAID chief assures complete assistance for flood hit areas’ rehabilitation PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Aug 25 (APP): The Administrator U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Dr. Rajiv Shah Wednesday said America would extend full help and assistance in reconstruction, rehabilitation and revival of normal life in the flood affected areas of Pakistan through long term partnership.Dr. Rajiv Shah, who especially came here to witness the damage caused by floods and discuss the future cooperation between Pakistan and United States while talking to APP said, “US is willing to reprogramme its support and financial assistance to deal critical situation in the wake of devastated floods in Pakistan.”


He said US was the first country to respond to provide help and assistance to Pakistan following the worst floods in Pakistan and sharing 50 percent expenditures to provide flood to 1.8 million people affected in these floods.
He said more than 6,000 people have been evacuated by the US helicopters engaged in the rescue operation in different areas besides providing food to the marooned people.
Dr. Shah is the most senior U.S. official to travel to Pakistan since the floods began last month and it is his third trip to Pakistan in five months.
He visited different affected areas in Swat while he will also visit some other parts of the country to review the needs and requirements of the people affected due to flood.
Dr. Shah, also held meetings with representatives from National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and other leadership from the United Nations and other disaster response organizations.
He said USAID is coordinating extensively with other U.S.  agencies to expand pre-existing programs in flood-affected areas, and to mobilize significant U.S. civilian resources to help rescue victims of the disaster and deliver needed supplies.
Dr. Shah, said these efforts underscore the U.S. commitment to strengthen its partnership with the Pakistani people and government for long-term reconstruction of the country.
He especially mentioned the immediate and generous response of United States to Pakistan’s call for assistance following the tragic and devastating floods that began July 29.
He said, the United States has been providing approximately $150 million to support relief efforts in Pakistan, including funding for the operations of the NDMA, the United Nation’s emergency relief plan, and the many local and international organizations responding to this disaster.
Referring to immediate need for drinking water, shelter and medicines, he said, US has been doing its best to provide all these facilities to maximum number of affected people.
He said six plants to provide clean drinking water to the affected people have been installed while eight are coming in next few days while more such plants would be installed in other affected areas.
Replying to a question, Dr. Shah, who is expert in agriculture said, so far according to initial estimates, 4.3 million acres of land directly affected due to the flood water and 23 percent crops have been damaged. He said America would extend full help and assistance, using all the sources, to enable the farmers to stand own their feet and make them able to ready for next wheat crop.
He said Pakistan’s agriculture sector has the resilience and expressed the hope that with assistance from United States and other countries, the farmers would be able to produce the crops more than the past.
Dr. Shah said better and improved seeds would be provided to the farmers with introducing better water management system, the USAID would work together with Pakistan government to revive and improve Pakistan’s agriculture produce when the flood water would receded.
Regarding availability of funds, he said, the USAID had the funds under KLB while more funds could be allocated as there has been public campaign by the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to generate funds from the American people.
Dr. Shah assured that the United States would extend full help in making Pakistan to produce its own food through introduction of improved way of agriculture system.
 
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