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The earthquake and the displacement of 2 million people from the Swat Valley was more localized, she said, adding that while the loss of life in this disaster may be less, its economic could be far greater.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing an additional $25 million to assist Pakistanis affected by the flooding. It already had committed $10 million to this effort.

“The need for response to this disaster is urgent, and even as we triple our financial commitment we remain flexible so we can meet new needs as they arise,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah.