2004 News Story

First Saudi relief planes heading for tsunami victims

The first two Saudi Arabian relief planes will depart for Colombo, Sri Lanka Saturday loaded with 150 tons of food, medical supplies, tents, and blankets for the victims of the tsunami, which struck the Indian Ocean region on Sunday.

The relief supplies are part of a U.S. $10 million emergency aid ordered by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz on Tuesday. Five million dollars in food and medical assistance to be distributed through the Saudi Red Crescent Society; $5 million in cash to be distributed through the International Federation of Red Crescent and Cross Societies ($2 million), the High Commissioner for Refugees ($500,000), and the World Health Organization ($500,000); $2 million to bedistributed to national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, the Maldives, and Somalia.