Saudi airlift delivers relief aid to quake-stricken Pakistan

November 1, 2008

Saudi Arabia today began airlifting relief supplies into Quetta, Pakistan to aid victims of the powerful earthquake that struck the province of Baluchistan this past week. 


The first shipment of aid included nine tons of food, medical supplies, tents and blankets. The Ministry of Finance has set aside 100 tons of relief supplies including tents, blankets, rugs, and foodstuffs to be airlifted to Pakistan.

The aid was sent on the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and is line with Saudi Arabia’s ongoing humanitarian assistance to Pakistan.

The Saudi Public Assistance for Pakistan Earthquake Victims (SPAPEV) has also begun sending relief aid to Baluchistan. Regional Director Dr. Khalid Al-Othmani said today that around $280,000 in aid – including 1,000 tents, 1,000 blankets and 1,000 quilts – have been dispatched to Pakistan.