Washington DC, 31 August 2022 (TDI): The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided an extra $30 million in humanitarian aid to the people of Pakistan, in the light of recent floods.

The people of Pakistan as been affected by catastrophic flooding caused by monsoon rains, landslides, and glacial lake outbursts.

An estimated 33 million people have been affected by the flooding, which has resulted in over 1,100 deaths and over 1,600 injuries. In addition, more than one million homes have been damaged or destroyed, and almost 735,000 animals — a vital source of income and food – have been lost.

Roads and more than two million acres of agricultural land have also been affected by the water. With these funds, USAID partners will prioritize aid for food, nutrition, cash, potable water, enhanced sanitation and hygiene, and shelter.

On Monday, a USAID disaster management specialist went to Islamabad to assess the damage of the floods and coordinate response activities with partners.

USAID humanitarian employees in Islamabad, Pakistan, Bangkok, Thailand, and Washington, D.C. continue to monitor the situation in close coordination with local partners, the Pakistani government, and U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.

The United States is profoundly distressed by the catastrophic loss of life and livelihoods in Pakistan and is currently the single largest humanitarian donor to Pakistan.

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U.S. and Pakistan Relations

Following Pakistan’s independence in 1947, the United States established diplomatic ties with Pakistan.

Both states collaborate closely with Pakistan on a wide range of issues, including Afghanistan’s stabilization and counterterrorism, energy, trade and investment, health, sustainable energy, and tackling the climate problem.

The United States is one of Pakistan’s greatest sources of foreign direct investment and its largest export market. Moreover, trade and investment relations between the U.S. and Pakistan continue to expand.

The U.S. government supports this growth by organizing business-to-business trade delegations, providing technical assistance, and promoting business opportunities for U.S. firms to develop U.S. and Pakistan commercial partnerships.