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Blinken: US giving $10M more in aid for Pakistan

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Sindh Province, Parkistan - 8 September 20221. Wide of people carrying possessions in floodwatersUS NETWORK POOLWashington, DC - 26 September 20222. SOUNDBITE: (English) Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State:So far, as you've heard, we marshaled over $56 million in immediate humanitarian assistance. We've been able to send about 17 planes full of supplies like food and materials to build shelters, tents, tarps. And today, I'm pleased to announce another $10 million in food security assistance. ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Nasirabad, Balochistan - 12 September 20223. Aerials of flooded fields around villages ++MUTE++ASSOCIATED PRESSDasht, Mastung district, Balochistan - 16 September 20224. Various of Flooded apple orchard and rotten apples sitting in flood water.US NETWORK POOLWashington, DC - 26 September 20225. SOUNDBITE: (English) Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State:This will provide urgent supplies to help farmers recover, like seeds and fertilizer, assistance repairing critical irrigation infrastructure damaged by the floods. US NETWORK POOLWashington, DC - 26 September 20226. SOUNDBITE: (English) Bhutto Zardari, Pakistani Foreign Minister:Of the 33 million people affected, 16 million are children. Of the 1600 deaths that we've had so far, a third of them have been children. ASSOCIATED PRESSSukkur Sindh - 19 September 20227. Children outside tents in camp for Pakistanis displaced by flooding US NETWORK POOLWashington, DC - 26 September 20228.SOUNDBITE: (English) Bhutto Zardari, Pakistani Foreign Minister:"I think that your president has shown incredible leadership when it comes to the issue of climate both here domestically. And we congratulate him and your administration on the historic legislation that has been passed at home. But it's not only important that you build back better here, the opportunity, this crisis in Pakistan is that we must build back better, greener, more climate resilient back home as well."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Sukkur Sindh - 19 September 20229. Wide of boat on Indus River10. Wide of person wading through waterSTORYLINE:U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced $10 million in new aid for food security in Pakistan as record flooding continues to affect tens of millions of people in that country.The flooding, blamed in part on climate change, killed nearly 1,600 people, damaged nearly 2 million homes and overall wreaked damage estimated at more than $30 billion. Nearly 15% of Pakistan’s rice crop and 40% of its cotton crop were lost, according to officials. The waters also wiped out the personal grain stores that many farming families rely on for food yearlong. "This will provide urgent supplies to help farmers recover, like seeds and fertilizer, assistance repairing critical irrigation infrastructure damaged by the floods."The flooding has been a blow to Pakistan’s important cash crops. Losses will mean lower exports of rice, which earned $2 billion in 2020. Cotton losses could hurt the country’s biggest export, textiles and clothes, which brought in more than $20 billion annually in recent years."Of the 33 million people affected, 16 million are children," said Pakistani Foreign Minister Bhutto Zardari during a joint appearance with Blinken in Washington. "Of the 1600 deaths that we've had so far, a third of them have been children. The irony of this is: That Pakistan has contributed 0.8% to the global carbon output," he said. Zardari praised the Biden administration for passing legislation to combat climate change. "We congratulate him and your administration on the historic legislation that has been passed at home," he said. "But it's not only important that you build back better here, the opportunity, this crisis in Pakistan, is that we must build back better, greener, more climate resilient back home as well," he said. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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