The United States has committed $1 million to Pakistan in order to develop resilience against natural disasters in an initiative motivated by humanitarian concerns.
On Thursday, the announcement came after a previous decision to give $100,000 in urgent assistance as floods brought on by severe rainfall wreaked havoc across the country.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Twitter, “We stand by Pakistan in hard times and offer our support to flood victims. In addition to $100,000 in immediate relief, the U.S. announced $1 million to build resilience against natural disasters, and we continue to work together to mitigate future impacts of the climate crisis.”
Antony Blinken retweeted an earlier tweet by the US embassy in Islamabad, which mentioned that the US will deliver $100,000 “to support flood relief efforts and humanitarian assistance to vulnerable communities in the worst-affected districts”.
The US embassy in Islamabad quoted Ambassador Donald Blome saying, “The United States stands with communities in Pakistan recovering from the devastation caused by severe flooding. I issued a declaration of humanitarian need, and in response, USAID Pakistan will provide $100,000 to affected populations.”
According to Blome, the USAID cash will assist Pakistani authorities in buying critical supplies to alleviate suffering and preserve lives among the affected.
Additionally, he promised to engage closely with allies on the ground in support of the humanitarian aid initiatives on behalf of the US.