The U.S. military is sending a team to Pakistan to assess what assistance the Pentagon might be able to offer amid the disastrous floods that have affected more than one-third of the nation.
On Friday, The Defense Department announced its decision to send an assessment team to Pakistan.
According to a statement from the command’s top spokesperson, Col. Joe Buccino, U.S. Central Command would deploy the team to Islamabad to ascertain how the Pentagon might assist the U.S. Agency for International Development as part of Washington’s response to the situation.
CENTCOM Head Gen. Michael Kurilla contacted COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa to offer “his condolences for the people of Pakistan.”
Pakistan has been devastated by floods since mid-June, and this week’s satellite photographs revealed that more than one-third of the nation is submerged.
More than 33 million people were impacted by the flooding, which took more than 1,100 lives, at least 400 of them were children.
Millions of acres of crops and tens of thousands of animals were also lost, putting the nation in danger of a severe food shortage and humanitarian disaster.