Above, a scene today from Pakistan, where millions of people face a dire situation after monsoon rains that have caused catastrophic flooding across the country.
More than 1,500 people have died in flooding that dates back to last month, and worsened in the last few days. Pakistani officials have said it’s the worst natural disaster in their nation’s history and evacuated villages in several parts of the country. This Time story details the devastation well.
With that in mind, the U.S. is sending in Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif. The amphibious assault ship Peleliu arrived off the coast of Karachi, Pakistan’s capital, within the last 24 hours, and CH-53E helicopters already have made trips to deliver supplies and water.
I’ve reached out to 15th MEU spokesmen for additional details. In the meantime, here’s sending good vibes to the Marines and sailors who will be assisting in Pakistan over the next few days.