KARACHI/ISLAMABAD (APP) - Two US transport aircraft carrying heavy plastic sheeting to provide temporary shelter to more than 45,000 homeless people in floods in Sindh have arrived at Karachi Airport. This was stated by the US Consul General William Martin while talking to media persons on the arrival of US aircrafts at cargo terminal of Karachi Airport Monday. Miriam Lutz from the US Agency for Development (USAID) and US Information Officer Andrea DeArment were also present on the occasion. Meanwhile, four US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters arrived in Islamabad as a part of the continued US humanitarian assistance to Pakistan in support of flood relief efforts. This brings to 18 the total number of US military and civilian aircraft, operating throughout the countrys flood-affected areas in partnership with Pakistans military. An additional eight helicopters will arrive during the next few days. This is one of many flights of American relief aid being unloaded here for affected Pakistanis whose homes have been swept away in this unprecedented tragedy, William said, adding that that the consignment, which arrived last night, had already been dispatched to the affected areas. He said the US had donated enough materials to provide shelter for more than 115,000 Pakistanis and more assistance is coming. We expect another flight of relief supplies to arrive in Karachi tomorrow (Tuesday), he added. Martin said his country had so far committed $ 76 million for flood victims. This money is being provided to international organisations and Pakistani NGOs to provide food, healthcare and shelter for displaced, he noted. Besides, he pointed out, that bridges, boats and heavy equipment had also been given to Pakistan to assist in rescue and to open relief routes. He said the American soldiers, sailors and marines have also been working since the onset of this tragedy to rescue thousands of Pakistanis and provide food to hundreds of thousands of people who have lost everything. Martin said the US has responded from a deep commitment to Pakistan and an unwavering belief in its humanitarian values. I want to assure the people of Pakistan and Sindh that the US will stand by you as this tragedy unfolds. American assistance will continue long after the initial catastrophe. Our commitment to Pakistan is long term, he remarked. He made it clear that there should be not doubt that President Obama is very concerned about the plight of the Pakistani people. Martin said the US relief and disaster experts are working with Pakistani and UN official to assess the extent of losses due to the ongoing floods. Andrea said these heavy-duty sheeting would be used to create temporary shelters for homeless while the iron bars, nail and other fixing material would be locally procured to boost Pakistans economy. And according to a press release issued by the US Embassy in Islamabad, the heavy-duty waterproof plastic sheeting would be used for constructing shelter for 112,000 people while 14,000 blankets were also among the consignment. The US has so far supplied a months emergency food rations to more than 307,000 people through partnership with the World Food Programme. The United States has made contributions for flood-affected communities in Pakistan, including $ 11.25 million for UNHCR, $ 5 million for ICRC, $ 3 million to WHO and $ 4.1 million for Save the Children (SCF). A total of 436,944 Halal meals were delivered to civilian and military officials in Pakistan within 36 hours of the initial flooding via US Air Force airlift, a contribution of about $ 3.7 million. Emergency relief items, totalling about $ 4 million, were delivered to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The items include: 18 Zodiac rescue boats, 6 water filtration units, 10 water storage bladders, 30 concrete-cutting saws and 12 pre-fabricated steel bridges. A 25kw generator was provided to the Frontier Scouts-KPK to support their flood relief efforts. Working with mGive, Americans are contributing to Pakistan flood relief by texting the word SWAT to 50555. The text results in a donation of $10 to the UNHCR Pakistan Flood Relief Effort. Every $10 helps provide tents and emergency aid to displaced families. The Government of Pakistan and the Pakistan cellular phone industry are inviting Pakistanis to contribute to the Prime Ministers Fund for Flood Relief beginning Aug 5 by texting the amount of their donation to 1234. American Business Council members in the US and Pakistan have announced contributions to flood relief efforts: Abbott Labs, Agility Logistics, AT&T, Chevron Pakistan, Cisco Foundation, Coca-Cola Export Corporation & Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Ltd., DuPont, EMC, Johnson & Johnson, Proctor and Gamble, Pfizer Pakistan, 3M, Visa and Wackenhut Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. The Lahore-based American Business Forum has collected donations from Coca-Cola, Environment Consultancies & Options, Levi Strauss Pakistan, Kabani & Company, General Electric, Monsanto AgriTech, Al-Bario Engineering, and Netsol Technologies. The United States has responded immediately and generously to Pakistans call for assistance following the tragic and devastating floods that began July 29. To date, the US has pledged to provide approximately $ 76 million in assistance to flood-affected populations in Pakistan. The US also is providing additional assistance through the expansion of pre-existing programmes and humanitarian activities in flood-affected areas and mobilising significant US military resources to deliver supplies and rescue victims of the disaster. There currently are 18 US military and civilian aircraft in Pakistan in support of flood relief operations. US helicopters have evacuated 4613 people and delivered 515,113 pounds of relief supplies. Americas response to this tragic flood has been consistent with our humanitarian values and our deep commitment to Pakistan. Support includes both financial assistance and the immediate provision of urgently needed supplies and services, drawing on unique US capabilities and resources.