Archive for September 10, 2010
People, helos, floodwaters
If you click on this photo to enlarge the image, you can see in the center a Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter hovering above the flooded roadway. Meanwhile Pakistanis walk along a narrow strip of land just above the flood waters in southern Pakistan. The Marines currently flying out of Pano Aqil, Pakistan are assigned to Marine Marine Helicopter Squadron 165, an element of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
To see more photos of the devastation now hitting southern Pakistan, and more action photos of this Marine Corps chopper’s relief mission, click here.
Between Aug. 5 and Sept. 7, U.S. helicopters (Army, Navy and Marine Corps) have rescued 12,871 people and delivered 2.5 million pounds of food and other relief supplies to beleaguered Pakistani villagers after heavy monsoons in late July caused extensive flooding that inundated 20 percent of the country. Air Force C-130s have delivered 1.6 million pounds of supplies to Pakistan since Aug. 16.
To date, the U.S. has provided more than $216 million (more than 18.36 billion rupees) in emergency humanitarian assistance to the people of Pakistan including blankets, water treatment equipment, inflatable rescue boats and plastic sheeting for temporary shelter. The U.S. also has provided halal meals, pre-fabricated steel bridges and other infrastructure support.
Perhaps these efforts will help counter the uproar among many Pakistanis over U.S. missile strikes against al Qaeda and Taliban camps in the tribal areas inside Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. Time will tell.