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MIDDLE EAST: Gulf aid to Pakistan - update

DUBAI, 26 August 2010 (IRIN) - Here is an update to IRIN’s Arab aid to Pakistan in numbers report of 20 August:

Saudi Arabia

One hundred and thirty Saudi rescue workers have been sent to Pakistan with relief equipment including motorboats, vehicles and generators.

King Abdullah ordered dispatch of two 200-bed field hospitals. Each hospital has an operation room, laboratory, pharmacy, intensive care unit and X-ray room, according to the Saudi ambassador to Pakistan, Abdulaziz Bin Ibrahim Al-Ghadeer.

Twenty-three Saudi relief flights have arrived in a number of cities in Pakistan since the start of the crisis.

King Abdullah said on 17 August the kingdom would give SR300 million (about $80 million) to Pakistan.

A nationwide fundraising campaign launched on 16 August by the Saudi monarch raised more than SR100 million ($26.6 million).

United Arab Emirates

UAE has pledged to donate US$5 million to the Initial Floods Emergency Response Plan.

UAE Red Crescent Authority launched a three-day telethon to receive donations for flood victims. On the first day (25 August), the telethon raised the equivalent of $6.8 million, a quarter of the $27.2 million target.

UAE Red Crescent is sending medics to Pakistan and launching a $100,000 vaccination programme to protect young women and children from disease.

A fleet of Chinook helicopters was deployed to help in evacuation, according to the commander of the UAE Armed Force's Relief Team in Pakistan. The UAE Force in Afghanistan distributed 30MT of relief materials and food to flooded areas of the country.

Qatar

Qatar Charity, in collaboration with the UN World Food Programme, has distributed US$1.92 million worth of food parcels to affected families since mid-August. The charity has set up an "air bridge" to fly in relief to Pakistan in cooperation with Qatar Airways. It also said it would airlift 80 tons of emergency relief items worth US$604,229.

Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) distributed aid to 3,200 families in the first stage of its relief operations.

Qatar Red Crescent has appealed for QR6.5 million (about $1.19 million) and as part of its Ramadan campaign allocated QR1.5 million (about $413,000) to its humanitarian mission, according to Projects head, Khaled Dhiab.

Kuwait

Kuwait had announced aid of $5 million for the flood-affected areas. A team from the Kuwait Joint Relief Committee (KJRC) distributed aid in the northern Pakistani province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa.

Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, permanent representative of Kuwait to the UN, said the country had decided to double aid to Pakistan to $10 million.

Bahrain

Bahrain is to send urgent humanitarian aid worth $2.6 million, according to Bahrain News Agency.

Oman
 
The Oman Charitable Organisation (OCO) is sending 2,336MT of aid to Pakistan, comprising foodstuffs, water, dates, tents, relief supplies and tools.

Jordan

A plane carrying 3.5MT of food and medical supplies left for Pakistan on 15 August. It is carrying a 25-member medical team, including nine doctors, as well as 21,000 typhoid and cholera vaccines.

Syria

Syria said it was sending an airplane loaded with 35MT of foodstuffs, medical supplies to help the victims.

(Sources: local media, unless otherwise indicated)

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Theme (s): Natural Disasters,

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

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