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As Flooding Continues In Pakistan, Secretary Clinton Pledges U.S. Support

Death Toll Reaches 800 In Pakistan's Worst Flood In 80 Years i

Residents salvage valuables from their flood-destroyed home near Nowshera, Pakistan.  Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images hide caption

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Death Toll Reaches 800 In Pakistan's Worst Flood In 80 Years

Residents salvage valuables from their flood-destroyed home near Nowshera, Pakistan. 

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In Foggy Bottom this morning, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. "will continue to help Pakistan in the days and weeks ahead," as widespread flooding continues to devastate the country.

According to The Associated Press, "floodwaters ravaged hundreds of villages in Pakistan's main province of Punjab [today], destroying homes, soaking crops, and threatening more lives."

Aid workers warned that bloated rivers would soon surge into the country's south, prompting more evacuations.

This year's monsoon season has caused the worst flooding in Pakistan in living memory and already killed more than 1,500 people. The U.N. scrambled to provide food and other assistance to some 3.2 million affected people in a nation already struggling with an Islamist militancy and a poor economy.

"I've been to Pakistan, as you know, a number of times, and I have seen firsthand the strength and resilience of the people of Pakistan," Clinton said. "They have the capacity to come through this challenge and swiftly rebuild. And as they do, they can look to the United States for our support."

Yesterday, the State Department detailed its response to the crisis. The U.S. has pledged $10 million in humanitarian assistance. USAID is working with the Government of Pakistan, the Department of Defense has sent helicopters to the region, and 13 supply flights delivered more than 300,000 halal meals.

Clinton also noted that American citizens can use mobile phones to donate to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, through a partnership with mGive.

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