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Kuwait doubles flood aid to Pakistan

world Updated: Aug 23, 2010 07:55 IST
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Kuwait has decided to double the donation for the flood affected people in Pakistan.

An announcement to the effect was made by Kuwait's Permanent Representative the UN Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi at the General Assembly session devoted to express the international community's solidarity with Pakistan.

Ambassador Al-Otaibi said in the speech that Kuwait decided to provide a donation of $5 million to victims of Pakistan's floods, but given the scale of the human tragedy there, Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, increased the value of the donation to $10 million.

He also said that the Kuwait Red Crescent Society has been assigned, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to ensure that humanitarian relief aid gets to the Pakistani people, emphasising that Kuwaiti aircraft, loaded with emergency relief, have already started relief missions to Pakistan.

He said Kuwait will also organise a major campaign to collect donations from the public over the next two days and that institutions of civil society and the private sector and members of the Kuwaiti public, have already collected about USD two million to be sent to Pakistan.