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USAID provides initial $1m in aftermath of Pakistan quake

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WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide an initial $1 million in assistance through international and non-governmental organizations to help meet the immediate needs of those affected by the earthquake in the Balochistan Province of Pakistan.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to the government and people of Pakistan," said USAID Administrator Henrietta H. Fore. "USAID is continuing to monitor the situation and is prepared to provide additional assistance if needed."

The U.S. government is working alongside the Pakistani government and the international community to assess the damage. These assessments will help determine if additional U.S. assistance will be necessary.

This emergency assistance is in addition to the over $2 billion the U.S. has provided for development programs in Pakistan to improve health, education, economic growth, democratic governance and to reconstruct areas affected by the October 2005 earthquake.

For more information about USAID's emergency humanitarian assistance programs, please visit: www.usaid.gov/our_work/humanitarian_assistance/disaster_assistance/.

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