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More aid pledged for Pakistan

2010-08-20 08:19:15 GMT2010-08-20 16:19:15 (Beijing Time)

The U.S. is pledging an additional $60 million to the U.N. flood relief effort in Pakistan- bringing its total contribution to $150 million. Jon Decker reports.

In a move designed to encourage other governments and private donors to boost their aid to flood-ravaged Pakaistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the U.S. is pledging an additional $60 million to the U.N. flood relief effort in Pakistan - bringing its total contribution to $150 million.

"We will be with you as rivers rise and fall. We will be with you as you replant your fields and repair roads. We will be with as you meet the long-term challenges to build a stronger nation and a better future."

Earlier, at an aid conference at the Asia Society in New York City, Pakistan's Foreign Minister said the floods have already affected 20 million people.

"We've had floods in the past. This is not the first flood we're facing. But we've never seen something like this before. In 1929, I'm told, it was a mega-flood. This far exceeds that. There has been criticism. People have complained that the response hasn't been quick enough, nationally and internationally. Frankly, nobody was expecting to have something like this at this scale."

The aid pledge by the U.S. moved the United Nations closer to raising the nearly $460 million it's seeking to pay for relief operations over the next six months.

Aid agencies have been pushing for more funding as they try to tackle major problems such as food supplies, lack of clean water and shelter and outbreaks of disease.

Jon Decker, Reuters.

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