ISLAMABAD: US military aircraft supporting Pakistan's flood relief efforts achieved another humanitarian milestone by delivering 25 million pounds of relief supplies since Aug 5, when US military relief flight operations in Pakistan began.
“I'm extremely proud of our aircrews and support personnel in reaching this milestone,” Vice Adm. Mike LeFever, US Defense Representative to Pakistan said.
He lauded their hard work along with their Pakistan military counterparts to deliver the much-needed food aid and humanitarian supplies to flood victims throughout the country.
LeFever noted that with the winter approaching, their work was especially important in the difficult-to-reach mountain communities in the isolated places of Swat and Kohistan in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
So far, the US military aircraft and personnel, working in close coordination with the Pakistan military, have delivered 25,029,046 pounds (approximately 11.3 million kilograms) of relief supplies and provided humanitarian airlift for more than 39,000 people in the flood-affected regions of Pakistan.
There are currently 18 US military helicopters and approximately 350 service members in Pakistan supporting the Government of Pakistan's flood relief efforts.
In addition to humanitarian airlift, the US Government is providing more than $463 million to assist Pakistan with relief and recovery efforts, while USAID and other US civilian agencies continue to provide assistance to flood victims.