Pakistan Flood Disaster Relief, 2010

Secretary Clinton announced on August 18, the establishment of the Pakistan Relief Fund for all to join in the tremendous relief, recovery and reconstruction effort following the devastating floods. To date, the Fund has raised over $600,000. For the inaugural disbursement of funds in late September, Proctor & Gamble generously matched the initial contributions with $500,000; the U.S. Government then matched that total, resulting in a $2 million effort and showcasing the impact of the private and public sectors working in concert for maximum impact. In the week of September 19, the first disbursement of the Fund and matching contributions was made, which purchased water purification kits. These kits include buckets and filtering cloths, which will generate 280 million liters of clean drinking water for 1.5 million people in desperate need. The remainder of the Fund’s holdings will be allocated shortly to contribute the recovery and reconstruction effort in Pakistan. As noted by Pakistan, the United States was the “first with the most” in response to the historic disaster; U.S. efforts to provide relief, recovery, and reconstruction in the wake of the floods continue today and will continue long into the future.

Future contributions support the recovery and reconstruction effort in Pakistan can be directed towards the following channels:

• Working with mGive, Americans are also contributing to Pakistan flood relief by texting the word “SWAT” to 50555. The text results in a donation of $10 to the UNHCR Pakistan Flood Relief Effort. Every $10 helps provide tents and emergency aid to displaced families.

• A list of humanitarian organizations that are accepting cash donations for flood response efforts in Pakistan can be found at Information about organizations responding to the humanitarian situation in Pakistan may be available at

• More information can be found at:


The Center for International Disaster Information: or (703) 276-1914


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Flood Relief Efforts in Pakistan
Deputy Special Representative Feldman (Aug. 30): "IThe good news at this point is that in most places, waters are no longer rising but are finally receding, including in Punjab." Full Text»

Update from USAID
USAID Adminstrator Shah (Aug. 27): "There are more than 20 million Pakistanis that are affected from the floods throughout the country. " Full Text»

USAID's Flood Reconstruction Aid
USAID Adminstrator Shah (Aug. 25): "I'm pleased to announce that the United States will redirect an additional $50 million of assistance from our 'Kerry, Lugar, Berman' assistance portfolio to aid Pakistanis in early recovery efforts, such as we started to see in the camps. " Full Text»

Announcement of the Pakistan Relief Fund
Secretary Clinton (Aug. 19): "We see 20 million members of the human family in desperate need of help. This is a defining moment – not only for Pakistan, but for all of us." Full Text»

Remarks at the UN on Pakistan
Secretary Clinton (Aug. 19): "Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones, who have been displaced from their homes, left without food and water." Full Text»

Remarks at the Asia Society
Special Representative Holbrooke (Aug. 19) : "The motto in regard to this crisis, this emergency, is very simple. We want to be the first with the most assistance." Full Text»