Fort Stewart soliders provide disaster relief to Pakistan

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Some 3rd Infantry Division soldiers are providing disaster relief in Pakistan for the victims of the massive flooding.

Due to the amount of rain Pakistan received from the monsoon in July, many roads were washed out, leaving thousands of people stranded in the swat valley in northern Pakistan.

Some soldiers part of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division Task Force Raptor and Falcon were deployed to help rescue people stranded from the monsoon's floods.

The aircrews are in their third day of rescues.

So far they have transported more than 2,000 people from otherwise unreachable locations, and have flown nearly 40 tons of food for those who could not evacuate.

"Where there used to be a pristine blue green water in the river, now it is just a muddy swamp that has completely washed away everything in its path," said Maj. Daniel Rice. "We will continue to work as hard as we can to rescue as many people as possible and we will not rest."

Task Force Falcon stationed in Afghanistan sent two black hawks and four chinooks to help with the relief efforts.

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