Saudi Arabia collecting over US$100 million for flood-hit Pakistan
Saudi Arabia has donated a further US$80 million to flood-hit Pakistan boosting a national campaign collection to US$106.6 million, local press said on Thursday. King Abdullah has ordered the allocation of 300 million riyals (some US$80 million) "on behalf of the Saudi people," Saudi Gazette daily reported quoting an official statement.
Earlier this week, the kingdom 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 US$26.7 million, the report said. King Abdullah launched the campaign by donating 20 million riyals (US$5.33 million), 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.