Senator John Kerry travels to Afghanistan and Pakistan next week, and will be the first member of Congress to visit Pakistan since floods triggered by a heavy monsoon season have washed away crops, affected 14 million, and claimed over 1,400 lives.
“Pakistan is facing its worst flooding in modern history. The destruction from these deadly floods could be worse than the 2005 earthquake. Next week, I plan to visit Pakistan for a firsthand look at the devastated areas,” said Kerry in a statement. “The United States has pledged $76 million to Pakistan for flood assistance so far, with an initial $10 million coming from Kerry-Lugar-Berman funds. We are committed to providing help for Pakistanis who have been afflicted by this tragedy.”
This is Kerry’s fourth visit to the region as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In Afghanistan, he will meet with U.S. troops, civilian leaders, and military commanders, as well as Afghan officials.
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