News: U.S. Military Airlifts Tents, Medical Supplies to Tajikistan Flood Victims
KULOB, Tajikistan - As part of recent humanitarian relief missions, Central Command sent an Air Force C-17 Globemaster cargo plane directly to Kulob, Tajikistan, with a full load of large, durable tents to support victims of the recent flood. Since floods and mudslides struck residents of the Kulob area of the Khatlon province, May 7, the United States government, at the request of the government of Tajikistan, has provided more than $588,000 in humanitarian assistance to help affected households.
The airlift of tents and medical supplies was a joint logistics mission accomplished by numerous partners to include Army Central Command, Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, Air Mobility Division, and the U.S. embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
"We went from concept to execution in about 36 hours," said Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert H. McMahon, Director of CDDOC. "That is a testament to all the logistics partners and their tremendous efforts."
This assistance includes tents, sanitation kits and other emergency supplies to families in Kulob and the Vose, Temurmalik, Muminobod, Khovaling, Shurobod, Baljuvon, Shaartuz and Jilikul Districts. All assistance has been targeted to meet the requests of the government of Tajikistan.
The U.S. government continues to monitor the situation closely and already has committed additional funds towards school reconstruction, medical clinic renovation and water works rehabilitation projects. As early as today, the U.S. government will deliver an additional $10,000 in drinking water, food and fuel to the surrounding districts of Kulob.
The floods have already killed at least 22 people, leaving another 50 missing, over 200 injured, and more than 2,000 displaced from their homes. The combined assistance efforts of various agencies and partner organizations represent the U.S. government's firm commitment to support the people of Tajikistan in their time of need.
Date Posted:05.17.2010 11:02
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