2005 News Story

King Abdullah orders aid to earthquake victims in Pakistan, India

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has issued directives to establish an air lift to provide urgent relief assistance to victims of the earthquake which struck northern Pakistan and India on Saturday.  The air lift is to ensure an uninterrupted supply of relief aid, including food, medical supplies, tents, and blankets, for the victims of the earthquake.

In line with these directives, a medical team from the Ministry of Health and the Saudi Red Crescent Society will be dispatched to Pakistan to assess the situation in the affected areas.  Acting President of the Saudi Red Crescent Society Dr. Saleh Al-Tuwaijiri said at a press conference in Jeddah today that Saudi relief efforts are being coordinated with the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad, the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Crescent and Cross Societies, and the Pakistani Red Crescent Society.  The aid is within the framework of the Kingdom's Islamic and humanitarian commitments to provide all possible aid to victims of disasters.

As per the directive of King Abdullah, the Saudi Red Crescent Society said on October 11 that it is providing an initial US $10 million in immediate aid to the victims of the earthquake in Pakistan and India.