US pledges extra $25 mn for Pakistan flood victims

The disaster has destroyed thousands of houses and killed over 1,600 people.

Last Updated: Aug 06, 2010, 09:23 AM IST

Islamabad: The US on Thursday announced an additional USD 25 million in aid to help Pakistan deal with the worst floods in the country`s 63-year existence.

The US, which sees Pakistan as a key ally in the fight against terrorism, has already provided USD 10 million for flood survivors.

It has also provided six helicopters to ferry relief items to four million people affected by the disaster, which has devastated millions of hectors of agricultural land, destroyed thousands of houses and killed more than 1,600 people.

"The US is making a new contribution of USD 25 million in assistance to flood-affected populations, bringing its total commitment to date to more than USD 35 million," a statement from the US embassy in Pakistan said.

"The money will be provided by USAID to international organisations and established Pakistani NGOs to provide food, health care and shelter for those displaced by the flood," the statement added.