Army, Operation Blessing Send Pakistani Flood Aid

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The U.S. Army and CBN's Operation Blessing International are among several groups giving aid to flood-ravaged Pakistan.

More than 1,600 Pakistanis are dead and thousands more are homeless after severe flooding brought on by torrential rainfall. Overall, more than 4 million people have been affected by the floods in some way.

The U.S. Army is now running rescue missions and Operation Blessing has teamed up with a German charity to help Pakistanis recover.

Click here to learn how you can help with flood recovery in Pakistan.

"The losses are enormous," International Red Cross worker Jean-Marc Favre said. "We all saw villages being swept away -- bridges, roads [and] hospitals damaged. But also for people, people have lost everything."

The 2010 monsoon season has brought some of the worst flooding to Pakistan in more than 80 years. Swollen rivers have wiped out villages and homes in northwest Pakistan.

Now, the flooding is threatening to destroy central and southern parts of the country.

"Everywhere is devastation," one Pakistani said. "We lost our houses and our animals and struggled to save our lives. Here our children are suffering from sickness."

Some shopkeepers have lost everything, as the tributaries of the mighty Indus River flow way beyond their banks. Prime farmland is also at risk of being completely destroyed.

Despite the flooding, the Pakistani Taliban pulled off a suicide bombing in northwest Pakistan, killing a top police chief and three others.

"Violence like this is abhorrent at any time, but especially at a time of crisis for the Pakistani people," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. "And I want to convey the condolences of the American people to the Pakistani people on behalf of everything they are confronting."

The U.S. State Department is providing $25 million more in aid to Pakistan on top of $10 million already announced to the country.

*Originally published August 5, 2010.

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