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Fact Sheet

Washington, DC
October 21, 2005


State Department Update on U.S. Response to South Asia Earthquake; October 21

Thirteen days have passed since the South Asian earthquake, a disaster of virtually unimaginable proportions for the people of Pakistan. A tragedy of this magnitude deserves a generous response, and the United States has acted upon this principle since the very beginning.

The earthquake occurred on October 8, a Saturday morning. By Sunday evening President Bush had announced an initial contribution of $50 million dollars. That same evening, the first military cargo plane departed for Pakistan, and cargo flights have continued ever since. On Monday, our first helicopters arrived, and they have continued to fly sorties daily, from literally dawn until dusk.

The United States acts in support of the Government of Pakistan’s relief efforts, and we work in close coordination and cooperation. We remain impressed with the organization that Major General Farooq and his Federal Relief Cell team have brought to bear so quickly, especially because this task is so daunting.

The United States will continue to provide urgently needed funds, transportation and material support for rescue and relief operations in Pakistan. We will also continue to mobilize the private sector to provide additional leadership and support to address the many pressing needs faced by victims.

The United States urges the international community to join us as we continue to support the earthquake’s victims. There is much that the United States can contribute, but we cannot do it all ourselves.

For additional details on the relief efforts and a list of participating humanitarian organizations to which donations may be made, please visit www.usaid.gov and http://www.defenselink.mil/home/features/2005/Pakistan/index_flash.html.

Released on October 21, 2005

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