Secretary Clinton Gives Remarks on Pakistan Flood: Text to Help

Floods in Pakistan have left millions displaced. Photo from RFE/RL

Sec. Clinton held a press conference this morning on the flood in Pakistan that has taken the lives of over 1500 people, left millions stranded and many more missing.

“Violence like this is abhorrent at any time, but especially at this time of crisis for the Pakistani people, and I want to convey the condolences of the American people to the Pakistani people on behalf of everything they are confronting,” she said.

The U.S. has promised 10 million in aid along with a number of humanitarian groups to provide food, critical supplies and “hundreds of Halal meals.” They’ve also sent boats to help with water purification, search and rescue and the construction of temporary bridges.

Clinton also said those wanting to help can text “SWAT” to 50555 for $10 donations similar to how donations were made to Haiti.

According to the AFP, members of Pakistan’s army have offered to donate one day’s salary towards flood victims.

RFE/RL reports that Pakistan could see more storms headed their way in the coming days. Despite the disaster, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is traveling to the United Kingdom for talks with senior British officials”despite pressure for him to cancel the trip and return home to oversee relief and rescue efforts.”

Record rains last week triggered floods and landslides that washed away entire villages and ruined farmland in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and central Punjab provinces.

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