Reps. Jackson Lee, Green travel to Pakistan after extreme floods

U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green traveled to Pakistan this weekend to meet with government officials and tour areas affected this summer by extreme floods.

The Houston representatives, joined by Rep. Tom Suozzi of New York, were briefed by Pakistani military rescuers and worked to shore up short-term relief efforts. They met with Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif on Monday.

“As far as the eye could see, I saw water,” Jackson Lee said. “We saw people still racing to helicopters to be rescued as well as met and listened to the men, women and children who experienced the raging deadly waters.”

Monsoons and melting glaciers in the country’s northern mountains have caused floods that have killed more than 1,300 people, including 458 children, according to the Pakistani government.

Millions have been displaced, including an estimated 400,000 pregnant women in the Sindh province.

Green said the $30 million that the U.S. has pledged in relief funds “is not enough.”

“The richer nations of the world must do more to aid the people of Pakistan,” he said.

Dylan McGuinness covers City Hall and local politics for the Houston Chronicle. He initially joined the paper through the Hearst Journalism Fellowship program after covering the same beats for the San Antonio Express-News.

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