Saudi raises 107 million dollars in Pakistan aid: Reports

Saudi Arabia has donated a further 80 million dollars to flood-hit Pakistan boosting a national campaign collection to 106.6 million dollars, local press said on Thursday.

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2010, 18:35 PM IST

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has donated a further
80 million dollars to flood-hit Pakistan boosting a national
campaign collection to 106.6 million dollars, local press said
on Thursday.

King Abdullah has ordered the allocation of 300 million
riyals (1 USD = 3.75 Saudi riyals) "on behalf of the Saudi
people," Saudi Gazette daily reported quoting an official
statement.
Saudi Arabia on Monday launched a national campaign to
raise aid for the victims of the worst flood to hit Pakistan
in 80 years, with the campaign already collecting more than
26.7 million dollar, the daily said.

King Abdullah kicked off the campaign by donating 20
million riyals (5.33 million dollars), and Crown Prince Sultan
bin Abdul Aziz offered 10 million riyals, press reports said.

The third in line to the throne, Interior Minister Prince
Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, also gave five million riyals to the
cause, according to the reports.

The kingdom has so far sent 21 planeloads of aid to
Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the Saudi ambassador to Islamabad Abdul Aziz
Alghadir has said the Saudi Development Bank has allocated 20
million dollars in aid for flood victims, Saudi Gazette
reported.
Millions of people have been affected by the deluge since
late July, prompting UN chief Ban Ki-moon to urge the world to
step up international aid.

PTI