Washington, May 20 (ANI): The United States has decided to send emergency aid of 110 million dollars to Pakistan for thousands of people rendered homeless by the ongoing military operation against the Taliban in the Swat Valley.
The US State Department has ordered the release of an immediate fund of 100 million dollars. The remaining 10 million dollars will be sent by the Pentagon, The Nation reports.
Announcing the release of the emergency aid, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said both US and Pakistan face a common threat.
She said it was very important for the United States to prevent Pakistan falling into the hands of insurgents, as the terror outfits threatening Pakistan are also a threat to America.
"The future of Pakistan is extremely important to the security of the US," Clinton added.
Here is how the State department says its 100 million dollars is allocated:
20 million dollars from the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance to provide family relief kits, tents, radio sets, and generators for electricity and water.
26 million dollars for the immediate purchase of wheat, other food, and related items from local sources.
17 million dollars from Food for Progress for 50,000 tons of wheat arriving in May and June.
10 million dollars to respond to forthcoming emergency appeals by the United Nations.
15 million dollars for shipments of food items such as lentils, dried peas, and other basic foodstuffs.
12 million dollars for an emergency response centre for direct humanitarian needs.
The 10 million dollars which the Pentagon has sent will be used for water trucks, food materials and large tents with environmental units, such as air-conditioning, for hot weather. (ANI)