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Saudi Arabia donates $80 mn more for flood-hit Pakistan

world Updated: Aug 20, 2010 08:18 IST

Saudi Arabia will donate $80 million more for the flood relief operations in Pakistan, taking its total contribution to the flood-hit nation to over $100 million.

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz had, on August 16, announced the official assistance of $28 million to Pakistan for relief operations.

King Abdullah kicked off his campaign for relief with a donation of $5.33 million, followed by Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz donating $2.67 million and Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz donating $1.33 million for flood relief operations in Pakistan.

Earlier this month, King Abdullah ordered the dispatch of emergency supplies for the flood victims.

The first Saudi relief plane arrived Peshawar on August 4 and 21st arrived on Thursday in Quetta.

The humanitarian supplies transported by the Royal Saudi Air Force consisted of food, medical supplies, tents, blankets and other necessary items.

In October 2005, the Kingdom had donated $133 million to Pakistan following an earthquake that killed more than 82,000 people and left more than 3.3 million people homeless.

The aid was earmarked for the reconstruction of public infrastructure.

Later that month, King Abdullah launched a donation campaign, which raised more than $168 million to help the victims of the earthquake.

Between 2006 and 2009, Saudi Arabia provided Pakistan over $1.5 billion in loans and aid, including $700 million pledged at the donor conference in Tokyo on April 17, 2009.

Since 1978, the Kingdom's foreign aid has averaged well above the official United Nations goal of 0.7 per cent of total Gross Domestic Produce.

Saudi Arabia makes all of its contributions through the United Nations and its satellite organisations.