Washington says it is boosting its relief efforts in flood-devastated Pakistan. The pledge comes on top of an initial financial aid package.
It also comes amid growing criticism that the Pakistani government has been too slow in its response, and that President Zardari went ahead with a state visit to Europe.
One flood victim said on euronews: “We would like the government to help us, give us food, but we’re grateful to the Jamaat-e-Islami party for providing aid. If one day they need our help, we would be ready to sacrifice ourselves for them.“
A member of the Islamic party said: “Have you seen any government officials? There is no one from the government here. The only ones providing help are our Muslim brothers. But we are not here for political reasons. We’re simply here to provide help.”
The US has vowed to mobilise other nations to help in relief efforts.
At least 1400 people have died and millions have been displaced in the country’s worst flooding in decades.
Flood victims say no officials in sight