WASHINGTON (Staff Report) – The United States has offered assistance to the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan to combat the aftermath of Monday’s 7.5 magnitude earthquake that affected thousands of people in both countries.

In a statement the White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the US government has continuously been in touch with the governments in Afghanistan and Pakistan and we stand ready to provide any additional support that may be needed.

“There is a substantial USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) presence in both of these countries to try to assist their needs,” he told newsmen.

“And there are a number of pre-positioned emergency shelter and relief supply kits in warehouses throughout Afghanistan. In Pakistan, USAID has existing partners who are ready to respond if necessary.”