Flood relief flights grounded in Pakistan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 6, 2010 10:31

SUKKUR – Bad weather grounded helicopters carrying emergency supplies to Pakistan's flood-ravaged northwest Friday amid warnings the worst monsoon rains in decades would bring more destruction to a nation already reeling from Islamist violence.

US military personnel waiting to fly Chinooks to the upper reaches of the hard-hit Swat Valley were frustrated by the storms, which dumped more rain on a region where many thousands are already living in tents or crammed into public buildings.

About 85 US military service people are taking part in the relief activities.

On Thursday, six helicopters picked up about 800 stranded people and dropped off emergency aid.

Some 30,000 Pakistan soldiers are rebuilding bridges, delivering food and setting up relief camps in the northwest part of the country.


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