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State Dept., USAID urge Pakistan flood aid

By Ed O'Keefe

tHE State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development are once again encouraging Americans to donate money to a natural disaster beyond U.S. borders, this time seeking for survivors of Pakistan's historic floods.

The two agencies led similar efforts after the Haitian earthquake. This time they're urging concerned citizens to text "SWAT" to 50555 to give $10 to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees for flood relief, the State Department said. The U.N. office has delivered about 4,000 tents, 2,700 plastic sheets, 2,200 kitchen sets and 4,000 plastic mats to the hardest-hit areas, according to the U.S. embassy in Islamabad.

@StateDept is also keeping Twitter users informed, linking them to a page with phone numbers and Web sites of other nongovernmental organizations providing assistance, including Save the Children, the International Red Cross and OXFAM. USAID has a page with similar information.

And in an effort to win hearts and minds on the Internet, the State Department produced the video above of Consul General William Martin discussing flood relief.

Have you seen other examples of the federal government's response to the Pakistani floods? Leave links in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 17, 2010; 6:41 PM ET
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Three guys, a Canadian, Osama bin Laden, and Barack Obama are out walking together one day. They came across a lantern and a genie pops out of it.

"I will give each of you one wish. That's three wishes total," said the genie.

The Canadian said, "I'm a farmer, my dad was a farmer, and my son will also farm. I want the land to be forever fertile in Canada."

With a blink of the genie's eye, *POOF* the land in Canada was forever made fertile for farming.

Bin Laden was amazed, so he said, "I want a wall around Pakistan, so that no infidels, Jews, or Americans can come into our precious state."

Again, with a blink of the genie's eye, *POOF* there was a huge wall around Pakistan.

Barack Obama, said, "I'm very curious, please tell me more about this wall."

The Genie explains, "Well, it's about 15,000 feet high, 500 feet thick, and completely surrounds the country; nothing can get in or out - it's virtually impenetrable."

Barack Obama says, "Fill it with water."

Posted by: jiji1 | August 18, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse


Why not send aid to a country whose landscape is a drain for the Himalayan Mountains in the north. Get a map and take a look at the number of rivers that will always flood when the country is busy nursing sociopathic leadership living in what is the equivalent of a drain for the rivers. Aid for Pakistan? Abandon religious cleansing or go to Hell. Dump the cesspool Koran and Sharia sociopathic law books or drown. Count the rivers and notice that much of the country is a "flood plain." A what? A flood Plain.

Rivers: The Indus is a river that starts in the Himalayas and runs mostly through the territory of Pakistan. Its tributaries include: the Gartok, the Zanskar, the Dras, the Shaysk, the Shigar, the Gilgit, the Kabul and the Pandjnad.

Other rivers in Pakistan include the Chinab and the Rabbi.

People who live in a flood plain only stop when the goverment will not insure their losses with taxpayer or bailout using other people's money. What have the Pakistan people done for the world that is reciprocal other than rant and rave against India while they sponsor terrorism in Afghanistan and try to assassinate Karzi?
What a freak show. Drown damit!


Posted by: mfideler | August 23, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

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