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Clinton’s ‘thoughts and prayers’ are with Pakistanis devastated by floods

The day after Chelsea’s wedding, Secretary Clinton was back on the job, issuing a statement saying that her "thoughts and prayers" are with those who have been devastated by the floods in Pakistan, which so far have killed more than 1,500 people. Clinton’s statement yesterday: The Pakistani people are friends and partners, and the United ...

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Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

The day after Chelsea’s wedding, Secretary Clinton was back on the job, issuing a statement saying that her "thoughts and prayers" are with those who have been devastated by the floods in Pakistan, which so far have killed more than 1,500 people.

Clinton’s statement yesterday:

The Pakistani people are friends and partners, and the United States is standing with them as the tragic human toll mounts from flooding in Northwest Pakistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have lost loved ones or have been displaced from their homes — and we are taking action to help. Our embassy in Islamabad is coordinating closely with Pakistani authorities to support rescue and relief efforts. We have made an initial commitment of $10 million in aid and are rushing helicopters, boats, pre-fabricated bridges, mobile water treatment units, and emergency food supplies to meet Pakistan’s growing humanitarian needs. And we will work closely with the government of Pakistan to ensure aid reaches those people who need it most. I have seen first-hand the strength and resilience of the Pakistani people and I know they will come through this tragedy with determination and compassion.

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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