Holbrooke to visit flood affected areas this week

SUKKUR, Sept 14 (APP)- US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke will visit flood affected areas of the Pakistan including Sindh province like Sukkur, Kashmore, Jaccababad, Shikarpur, Larkana and other districts this week to get a first-hand assessment of the flood relief operations in the country, where more than 20 million people have been affected by the worst-ever floods.During his trip, Holbrooke would visit camps, where the displaced people are lodged, and see for himself the situation here. A TV report said on Tuesday.
According to State Department spokesman P J Crowley, the US special envoy will assess “what the most critical needs on the ground are as the US begins to help the country with the transition from immediate relief to recovery and reconstruction”.
He said the central focus of Holbrooke’s trip will be to find how America needs to adapt its approach to Pakistan and support it in light of this “devastating disaster.”
This will be Holbrooke’s first trip to the region after the devastating flood-hit Pakistan and the Special Envoy has no plans to visit Afghanistan this time, he added.
The United States so far has provided $261 million to assist with relief and recovery efforts, which does not include considerable in-kind and technical assistance specifically to address the impact of these floods.
This includes approximately $211 million to support immediate relief efforts in Pakistan, through many local and international organisations, the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority, and the UN’s emergency response plan.
An additional $50 million has been alloted for initial recovery efforts to assist with rebuilding communities impacted by the floods.
The US is expanding pre-existing programs in flood-affected areas.
At the same time, US military C-130 and C-17 cargo aircraft continue to provide airlift support, delivering relief supplies to multiple locations throughout the country, including Sukkur, Jacobabad and other areas of the country – APP