Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

US Military To End Pakistan Relief Operation

US Troops will begin leaving Pakistan in the middle of February
by Staff Writers
Islamabad (AFP) Feb 05, 2006
The United States military has started preparations to wind up its biggest ever external relief operation, in Pakistan for the October 8 earthquake survivors, officials said Sunday.

A phased withdrawal of around 750 American troops will start in the middle of February and carry on through till the end of March, said Rear Admiral Michael Lefever, Commander of the US Disaster Assistance Center Pakistan.

They would however leave behind equipment worth six millions dollars, including an 84-bed mobile army surgical hospital (MASH), deployed in Muzaffarabad, capital of the Pakistani Kashmir which was the worst hit region.

"The US military is taking a measured approach to our drawdown and we are working diligently to ensure that there is no void in the overall relief/reconstruction efforts created by our departure," LeFever said.

He said since October, the US military had flown over 4,000 sorties on giant Chinooks, delivered over 20 million pounds of humanitarian aid, treated nearly 30,000 patients and cleared over 40,000 tons of debris.

The MASH has treated over 18,000 patients and provided 17,000 vaccinations to 7,800 patients. "This is the last MASH unit in the United States Army. We are excited that this MASH will live on in Pakistan."

The US army will also hand over nearly 30 pieces of engineering equipment including bulldozers, backhoes, dump trucks and generator. It will also provide the Pakistani military with two portable refueling systems.

"Even though the US military presence will be ending 31 March, the US support will never cease, and will never dwindle," LeFever said.

NATO's 1,000-strong contingent has already left Pakistan after its 90-day operations in Pakistan, where the devastating earthquake killed nearly 74,000, injured as many and made more than three million homeless.

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

The United States, which pledged 510 million dollars for relief and rehabilitation to its key ally in the war on terror, has promised to aid the rebuilding of the infrastructure, housing, education and healthcare facilities.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Related Links

Storm-Ravaged New Orleans Seeks To Reverse Social Ills
New Orleans LO (AFP) Jan 29, 2006
Five months after hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, local officials have come up with a plan to transform the city into an economically vibrant urban center.

  • Storm-Ravaged New Orleans Seeks To Reverse Social Ills
  • US Military To End Pakistan Relief Operation
  • Tsunami Victims' Rights Abused?
  • Disaster Convention Warned On Urbanisation Risk

  • Thousands Of Barges Could Save Europe From Deep Freeze
  • Research Flights Probing Ice Particles In Clouds
  • World's Temperature Second Highest On Record In 2005: Japan
  • Sat Portrait Of Global Plant Growth Will Aid Climate Research

  • Keeping New York City "Cool" Is The Job Of NASA's "Heat Seekers"
  • MSG-2 First Images
  • EADS Astrium To Supply Algeria's ALSAT-2 Optical Observation System
  • Daichi Returns To Normal Operation Conditions, Completes Critical Phase

  • Polymer Membranes For Hydrogen Purification Could Lower Production Costs
  • Brazil Seeks To Bolster Ethanol Sector
  • New Material Brings Hydrogen Fuel, Cheaper Petrochemicals Closer
  • China To Produce Gas From Disputed Field Soon

  • Flood Hit Mozambique Braces For Rise In Cholera Deaths
  • Seventeenth Avian-Flu Death In Indonesia
  • Hong Kong Bird Flu Finds Raise New Fears About China Reporting
  • In Indonesia, 2 More Flu Deaths Suspected

  • Antarctic Krill Provide Carbon Sink In Southern Ocean
  • Asian Elephant Nations Meet To Discuss Species' Survival
  • Identifying Whale Sharks Using Astronomical Star Pattern Recognition Program
  • Clay Major Contributor To Oxygen That Enabled Early Animal Life

  • Liberian-Flagged Ship Suspected Of Deadly Oil Slick Off Estonia
  • Pesticide Combinations Imperil Frogs
  • Chronic Oil Pollution Takes Toll On Seabirds Along SAmerican Coast
  • French Nuclear Watchdog Gives Thumbs-Up To Deep Waste Burial

  • Brain Changes Significantly After Age Eighteen
  • Blue Light May Fight Fatigue
  • Study Suggests Why Neanderthals Vanished
  • New Technique Puts Brain-Imaging Research On Its Head

  • 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