August 16th, 2010
11:25 AM ET

Urgent cry for help as death toll rises from Pakistan flooding

As an umbrella group of humanitarian entities called for "urgent international support" Monday in flood-ravaged Pakistan, the United States was sending materials to provide shelter for almost 47,000 displaced Pakistanis.

The U.S. Embassy said that a cargo aircraft carrying 530 rolls of heavy-duty waterproof and fire-resistant plastic sheeting for use as temporary shelters was sent by the United States to Karachi, Pakistan, on Monday, a day after another flight ferried 240 rolls of plastic sheeting to Karachi.

"Our experience has shown that plastic sheeting is urgently needed for temporary shelters, and we know it is urgently needed in Sindh as the flood waters continue to move south," Ambassador Anne Patterson said in a written statement. "It will be supplied along with locally purchased materials that can be easily moved when people are able to return home."

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  1. Fishermans Chef

    In times of crisis its time to put aside the teach a man/woman to fish idea and lend a helping hand.

    August 16, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jon

    Fisherman, I'd agree with you if this had happened in America but as it is Obama has worsened an already critical debt problem and we've given enough money to Pakistan to buy the place, lock, stock and Taliban, several times over. Let that government take care of its own. Americans are sick of their behavior and we're tapped out.

    August 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dan

    we always help nations in need...too bad we don't do so much for our own people. read http://www.hard-truths.blogspot.com

    August 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. acmed Shams

    May we never forget how brutal and dictatorial the Taliban are and why US forces are so needed there
    Please watch this. Seriously.
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9aw6Cnw0hY&w=640&h=360]

    August 19, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |