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State Dept. Blog Promotes $10 Text Donations To Pakistan Flood Relief, Asks For Public Input On “How Can We Encourage the International Community to Maintain Focus on Natural Disaster Response?”

August 15th, 2010 · No Comments

The U.S. State Department’s blog, Dipnote, this weekend is promoting text donations for Pakistan flood relief. It is also asking for public input on this question: How can we encourage the international community to maintain focus on natural disaster response?

According to the post:

How you can help: …Please visit the links below for more information about aid organizations operating in the areas mentioned. U.S. citizens can also still text “SWAT” to 50555 to donate $10 for flood relief in Pakistan.

2010 has seen natural disasters strike around the world, from the devastating earthquake in Haiti at the start of the year, to recent mudslides in China, wildfires in Russia, and flooding in Pakistan.

The United States has joined with the governments of these countries, as well as with nations, NGOs, and citizens around the world, in rushing humanitarian relief and assistance to where it is needed most.

How can we encourage the international community to maintain focus on natural disaster response after the initial crisis has passed?

Dipnote last week asked readers for “Innovative Ways The International Community Can Respond To Natural Disasters”.

(UPDATE: The State Department website has posted a list of ways that people can assist Pakistani flood victims here.)

Pakistani villagers stranded by flood water wait be evacuated, Sanawan, Pakistan, Aug. 5, 2010. [AP]

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