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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 9, 2005

Statement on U.S Assistance for Earthquake in Pakistan

The destruction and loss of life in Pakistan is massive, and the United States is responding rapidly and robustly. In response to the request of President Musharraf and the Government of Pakistan, the United States is providing an initial contribution of up to $50 million for relief and reconstruction following the earthquake that struck on October 8. The Department of Defense is also providing additional assistance and capabilities. Pakistan's initial request includes emergency shelter, food, water and medical supplies, transportation assets, and emergency management personnel. We will continue to coordinate with the government of Pakistan to assess needs.

For the many Americans who will want to make private contributions to assist the victims of this disaster, we recommend that they contact the American Red Cross at or the League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies at

Following are details on the material assistance being provided as of 8:00 PM EDT, October 9.

Emergency Relief Supplies:

Transportation Assets:

Emergency Management Assistance:

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