Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

US Hands Over Kashmir Relief Equipment To Pakistan

Pakistan is to launch a massive reconstruction effort in the quake-hit zone in March after the end of the current harsh Himalayan winters.
by Staff Writers
Muzaffarabad, Pakistan (AFP) Feb 13, 2006
The US military handed over equipment worth 2.5 million dollars to the Pakistan army as it wound up its biggest ever external relief operation for the survivors of last year's devastating Kashmir earthquake.

The US military had turned over three D-7 bulldozers, 10 dump trucks, seven 100-kilowatt generators and four generator skids to Pakistan army engineers as part of the ongoing "transition from relief to construction," a statement said.

"This equipment is vital to the continuing mission of rebuilding Pakistan," Commander of the US Disaster Assistance Centre Rear Admiral Michael LeFever said in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani zone of Kashmir.

The US military also intended to hand over an 84-bed mobile army surgical hospital they had set up in Muzaffarabad, it said in a statement.

The US Navy's mobile construction unit, known as the Seabees, joined the relief operation after the October 8 quake in Pakistan. They constructed 70 temporarily shelters and 15 transitional shelters to be used as schools.

The massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake killed more than 73,000 people in Pakistan and left some 3.5 million homeless.

In a phased withdrawal the US military is to pull out around 750 American troops by the end of March.

Pakistan is to launch a massive reconstruction effort in the quake-hit zone in March after the end of the current harsh Himalayan winters.

The United States has pledged 510 million dollars for relief and rehabilitation and also promised to aid the rebuilding of the infrastructure, housing, education and healthcare facilities in Pakistan.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Related Links

Damning Report Says Katrina Response A National Failure
Washington (AFP) Feb 13, 2006
A Congress report accused the US administration of leading a "national failure" over the Hurricane Katrina disaster, forcing authorities to announce a major reorganisation of the Homeland Security Department on Monday.

  • US Hands Over Kashmir Relief Equipment To Pakistan
  • Damning Report Says Katrina Response A 'National Failure'
  • UN To Continue Pakistan Relief Despite Security Concerns
  • Storm-Ravaged New Orleans Seeks To Reverse Social Ills

  • Constructal Theory Predicts Global Climate Patterns In Simple Way
  • Global Warming Is Most Widespread In 1,200 Years UK Study Finds
  • Medieval Diaries Point To Hot Spots Due To Global Warming
  • Frozen Methane Chunks Not Responsible For Abrupt Increases In Atmospheric Methane

  • NASA Awards Colorado Satellite Observation Grants
  • Converging Satellites Unlock Sudden Demise Of Hurricane Lili
  • Satellites Support Businesses Working For Sustainable Development
  • Keeping New York City "Cool" Is The Job Of NASA's "Heat Seekers"

  • Garbage Truck Industry Ponders Move To LNG
  • Nuclear Fusion On A Tabletop
  • China Energy Quest Not A Threat
  • SCHOTT Solar Receiver To Power New Solar Thermal Power Plant

  • Bird Flu Hits Western Europe
  • Bird Flue Hits Africa
  • 1,500 Cholera Cases In Flood-Hit Mozambique
  • Deadly Meningitis Outbreaks In Drought-Stricken Kenya, Uganda

  • Science Slowly Explaining Evolution Detail
  • China May Use Wolves To Rein In No-Longer-So-Endangered Blue Sheep
  • Introduced Predators Throw A Wrench In The Food Web
  • Dozens Of New Species In 'Lost World' Of West New Guinea

  • Company Accused Of Releasing Chemicals Into Chinese River
  • Toxic Slick To Reach Japan In Spring, Russian Officials Warn
  • Indian Environment Watchdog Split Over French Asbestos Warship
  • Global Initiative To Limit Chemical Hazards Agreed In Dubai

  • Most Cave Art The Work Of Teens, Not Shamans
  • New Analysis Shows Three Human Migrations Out Of Africa
  • Brain Changes Significantly After Age Eighteen
  • Blue Light May Fight Fatigue

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement