UNITED NATIONS Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was to announce at the special UN General Assembly session Thursday afternoon that the US will provide an additional $60 million toward Pakistan flood relief, according to indications available here. Although it is not billed as a pledging session, more delegations some of them at foreign ministers level, were also expected to announce extra aid to flood-battered Pakistan. The 192-member assembly is meeting following a UN appeal for $460 million to assist Pakistan in dealing with historic flooding. The new US contribution would be a 66 percent increase over the $90 million the United States has already provided. During her visit to New York, Mrs Clinton will also meet with both UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said. We want to be first with the most assistance, Richard Holbrooke, special US envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, told a gathering at Asia Society, where Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi made a fervent appeal for international assistance to help Pakistan overcome the gigantic crisis. Steadily increasing its contribution, the United States said it has now given some 90 million dollars towards flood relief, distributing the funds through the Pakistani authorities or relief organisations on the ground. These funds are being used to provide critical supplies to flood affected populations, the State Department said in a statement. The US also is providing millions of dollars of additional in kind and technical assistance, it said. It said it is providing temporary bridges to replace those washed away, and that 18 US military and civilian military aircraft stationed in Pakistan and three in Afghanistan have been deployed in support of relief and rescue operations. US helicopters have evacuated 5,912 people and delivered 717,713 pounds of relief supplies, it said. On August 4, days after the flooding began, Mrs Clinton promised that Washington would help Pakistan, a top ally in the fight against militants, cope with a disaster affecting millions of Pakistanis in the days and weeks ahead. Meanwhile, the US government could divert part of its five-year, 7.5 billion dollar non-military aid programme for Pakistan which was adopted by Congress last year into short-term relief. We have begun to think about what we will do with that long-term security assistance provided underneath Kerry-Lugar-Berman, the deputy special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Frank Ruggiero, told reporters. And that could require us shifting it from what we thought was a priority three weeks ago to what is a priority today, he said. What well have to wait and see is what are the mid to long-term economic needs of... Pakistan that we could use that funding to address, he said. But I guess we would also consider more immediate needs as they arise. In his Asia Society speech, FM Qureshi also said that his government was fully aware of the strategic and political implications of the disaster but its immediate focus was on protecting the millions of people left homeless by floods, triggered by heavy monsoon rains. The best way to counter the Taliban attepts to take advantage of the situation was to help the affected people, rebuild their destroyed hearths and homes and eventually restore the health and educational facilities, the foreign minister said. One-fifth of Pakistan has been inundated, the foreign minister told the audience jam-packing the hall, as he described in detail the terrible loss of life and property and damage to the crops wrought by the deadly floods causing the country huge economic losses. Well do everything possible, even re-visit our budget and change the countrys priorities in order to protect our distressed people, he added. Earlier, Holbrooke urged American private sector to also join government efforts and a prominent businessman George Soros announced a contribution of $5 million through his humanitarian organisation. A representative of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said that his lending institution would place 100 specialists at the disposal of Pakistan to help in its reconstruction work and the bank total contribution would be about $2 billion. Foreign Minister Qureshi thanked the US government and people for their support. Thank you, America, he said. You have shown that you are a caring nation. USAid Administrator Rajiv Shah gave an account of the US support to Pakistan, saying his countrys contribution would transition into recovery efforts. Shah will soon visit Pakistan to make an on-the-spot assessment. The meeting was also addressed by representatives of the Pakistani community here who are raising funds to support their compatriots back home. Pakistans signing star Salman Ahmad warned the international community that the Taliban would win if it failed to help Pakistan in a substantial way. Every possible effort should be made to win the hearts and minds of Pakistani youth otherwise they would be sucked in to the fold of the Taliban.