Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.24 / Trend, U.Sadikhova /
Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud called on the country's citizens to join the humanitarian campaign to collect funds for the Pakistani population affected by severe floods, said in an official report of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Baku.
The Saudi King appealed to all residents of the Kingdom, as well as organizations and companies, including foreign companies, to make urgently donations as much as possible to provide the Pakistani people affected by the disaster with the necessary humanitarian aid.
Flood in Pakistan, caused by strong monsoon rains, was the severest in the region over the past 80 years. Thousands of homes were destroyed, in the most severely affected regions flow of water swept away entire villages. According to recent data, the total number of Pakistanis, affected by floods in a varying degree, at present can reach 20 million people, over 1,600 people died.
In addition, Saudi Arabia continues to deliver humanitarians aid to Pakistan via the airlift. So far, the Saudi airplanes implemented 22 flights to Pakistani cities of Quetta, Peshawar, Lahore and Multan, delivering hundreds of tons of food and medical supplies, tents, clothes and basic necessities.
The King have made donations worth 300 million rials ($ 80 million) on behalf of the Saudi people, the Charitable Campaign Committee prepared 200 tons of food for shipment to the flood-hit regions within the charity campaign which is underway in the country to collect donations for Pakistan.