Feb. 21, 2006 - Fact Sheet – DOD Assistance to Pakistan
The U.S. military responded immediately and generously to Pakistan’s call for assistance following the earthquake. To date, the U.S. has obligated more than $106 million in military support for relief operations, including airlift and excess equipment items, and is transferring approximately $8 million in medical, engineering, and flight-refueling assets to the Government of Pakistan to continue assisting those affected by the earthquake.
The U.S. military has been on the ground since Oct. 10. At the peak of initial relief efforts, more than 1,200 personnel and 25 helicopters provided vital transport, logistics, and medical and engineering support in the affected areas.
Since beginning operations supporting the Pakistani relief efforts, helicopter crews have flown more than 4,600 missions. They delivered approximately 26 million pounds of supplies and transported more than 18,000 people. There are currently 12 helicopters and crews in Pakistan transporting 175 tons of humanitarian aid each day. The U.S. is donating its two forward-area refueling point systems to the Pakistan government to increase helicopter efficiency during reconstruction.
U.S. medical teams in Muzaffarabad and Shinkiari treated approximately 35,000 patients. On Feb. 16 the U.S. donated its 84-bed Mobile Army Surgical Hospital used in the relief operation to the Government of Pakistan. Valued at more than $4.5 million, the mobile hospital includes intensive-care units, a pharmacy lab, radiology units, and a power-generation system.
Engineers cleared debris from more than a dozen schools, built a camp for displaced citizens, completed sanitation projects, and adopted a village that included building five schools and 50 homes. On Feb. 13, the U.S. donated approximately 25 pieces of equipment, valued at $2.5 million, including bulldozers, backhoes, dump trucks and generators, to the Pakistan government to aid in continued reconstruction efforts.
U.S. crews have offloaded more than 18 million pounds of humanitarian aid and supplies at Chaklala Air Base, facilitating delivery of international aid to affected areas.
The U.S. continues to provide relief and reconstruction assistance as requested by the Government of Pakistan. However, the U.S. military relief operations are expected to conclude by the end of March, as the humanitarian requirements can be met by the Government of Pakistan, USAID, the UN and the NGO community. We are pleased that many of the capabilities the U.S. military brought to the relief operations will continue within the Pakistani military due to the transfer of key medical, engineering and refueling equipment.