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UPDATED: 09:17, September 06, 2005
Pakistan offers assistance to US for Katrina victims
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Pakistan Monday offered assistance to the United States for the victims affected by Hurricane Katrina and said it was ready to send a team of medical doctors and paramedics to support the relief efforts.

Foreign Office spokesman Naeem Khan said at the weekly briefing that US President George W. Bush and the US government have expressed their appreciation for the offer of relief.

"We have received from the US government a list containing forms of assistance that is required for the Hurricane Katrina relief operations. We are determining what kind of help we could provide in accordance with the requirements indicated in the list, " Khan said.

He said Pakistan's embassy in Washington has been in contact with the Task Force established by the US Department of State to assist foreign governments in getting their citizens evacuated from New Orleans.

Khan said there were around 2,700 Pakistanis and Pakistani- Americans in the areas affected by the Hurricane and that the embassy was working with the US office of Crisis Management Support to provide help to the affected members of the Pakistani community and community organizations.

The embassy, he said, has also established an Emergency Response Unit to assist Pakistani nationals who are affected by the Hurricane and was coordinating the Pakistani-American community's relief efforts with the American Red Cross.

Katrina made its first landfall on the United States on Aug. 25, and swept the US Gulf Coast region on Aug. 29, causing massive destruction and unprecedented life and property losses. The US government said the overall death toll of the disaster could reach thousands.

Source: Xinhua

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