Pakistan floods have left much of the country scrambling for food, health care, and shelter. The US is set to increase aid to Pakistan to $150 million Sen. John Kerry announced on Thursday.
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Amid United Nations reports of lagging aid for the Pakistan floods, the United States is set to increase aid to Pakistan to $150 million following the worst disaster in the country’s history, Sen. John Kerry (D) of Massachusetts announced on Thursday.
Speaking from the Ghazi airforce base where American military aircraft are making deployments into flood-affected territory in the north-west, such as the Swat Valley, he stressed that the US did not wish to see extremists profiting from the disaster. “We don't want additional jihadists, extremists coming out of a crisis,” he said.
So far, the US has provided approximately $90 million to support relief efforts which includes funding for the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority, the UN's emergency relief plan, local and international organizations, according to a statement released by the US embassy.
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Islamist groups such as the Jamat-ud-Dawa, linked to banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba have been very visible in their distribution aid to victims of the flooding, while the Pakistani Taliban is thought to have been behind at least two attacks against security forces in Peshawar since the crisis began.