The U.S. will give an additional $20 million to aid Pakistan, bringing the total amount of flood assistance to $55 million, Mark Ward, acting director of the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, told reporters at a press briefing Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reports.
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As rains and flooding in Pakistan continue, “the U.S. is racing to provide basic human needs, like makeshift housing,” the Christian Science Monitor reports in an article looking at how the U.S. disaster response is being shaped by “the global battle with militant Islam.”
On Monday the U.N. said that 13.8 million people have been effected by the floods in Pakistan as the death toll has now reached 1,600, Agence France-Presse reports.
“A simmering dispute with the World Bank and reconstruction leaders is threatening the pace of rebuilding efforts in Haiti,” reports the Miami Herald. The paper reports that nearly seven months after the country’s devastating earthquake, “only 18 percent” of the $5.3 billion pledged by international donors “has been disbursed.”
After flooding in northwest Pakistan killed more than 1,500 people and displaced an estimated 300,000, leaders of the State Department and USAID are “promising an extended mission to deal with the long-term effects,” Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” blog reports. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah briefed reporters Wednesday about the disaster and their agencies’ efforts in the region (Rogin, 8/4).
Pakistanis in the northwest part of the country face “life-threatening shortages” of food after flooding has killed 1,400 and “devastated the lives of more than three million people,” Reuters reports. World Food Programme spokesman Amjad Jamal said, “People have lost their food stocks. The markets are not up and running. Shops have collapsed. People are definitely in the greatest need of food” (Ali, 8/4).
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After floods in northwest Pakistan have “already killed up to 1,200 people” and forced 2 million from their homes, authorities are now concerned about disease spread, the Associated Press reports. “To avert the looming threat of spread of waterborne diseases, especially cholera, we have dispatched dozens of mobile medical teams in the affected districts,” said medical official Sohail Altaf. Altaf said no concrete cases of cholera have been reported in the country but “fear of an outbreak is high,” and patients with “stomach problems from dirty water” are being seen in medical camps (Brummitt, 8/2).
IRIN Examines Global Humanitarian Assistance Report, Maps Percentage Of African Budgets Spent on Health
“[H]umanitarian watchdog Development Initiatives outlines some of the needs, responses and funding trends” in humanitarian aid over the past decade in its 2010 Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) report, IRIN writes in an article that examines the organization’s findings.
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