WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- The U.S. assistance to the flood-affected areas of Pakistan has totaled 76 million U.S. dollars, the State Department said on Thursday.
"As of this morning, the additional money that the U.S. is providing is to Save the Children, and that's 4.1 million dollars. That will be used for food vouchers enabling flood victims to purchase food in their local markets," said department spokesman Mark Toner at a regular briefing.
Toner also said the 19 helicopters ordered by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to help the affected population will be in place over the next few days.
Washington is wooing Pakistan's support to salvage its war efforts in Afghanistan, including holding the first bilateral strategic dialogue in March and providing attractive aid packages to Islamabad. It has recently announced several additional aid packages to Pakistan as the country encounters one of the worst floods in its history.