Daily Times, Pakistan
Friday, March 05, 2004

US gives $50,000 for quake victims

ISLAMABAD: United States Ambassador to Pakistan Nancy Powell has announced a donation of $50,000 for the earthquake victims in the Northern Areas.

“We are very concerned about the health and welfare of the hundreds of families whose homes have been damaged by the earthquake in northern Pakistan. We are pleased to provide this disaster relief assistance, which we hope will help the affected families,” she said.

From this grant money, the Aga Khan Development Network would provide blankets and tents to the homeless families.

The Focus organisation of Aga Khan Network would provide logistic services to provide relief to the victims of the earthquake.

Ambassador Powell signed the grant on behalf of the Untied States government and Chief Executive Officer Munir Merali signed it on behalf of the Aga Khan Foundation.

Acting United States Agency for International Development Director Lawrence Hardy accompanied Ambassador Powell. This assistance is being coordinated with local authorities.

This is the second time within five months that the US government has provided emergency disaster assistance. In November, the US Embassy provided $50,000 in disaster assistance to help the flood victims in rural Balochsitan and Sindh. —APP