RIYADH: Two planes carrying 180 tons of humanitarian aid from Saudi Arabia arrived in Karachi as Pakistan reels from its worst floods in decades.
Each of the two flights, which arrived on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning respectively, carried 90 tons of food, shelter, and medical supplies for those impacted by the floods, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The aid, dispatched by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), will reach over 19,000 beneficiaries across Pakistan amid the floods caused by unusually heavy monsoon rains, which killed more than 1,300 people and displaced millions more.
“This airlift is a part of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to providing urgent support to countries facing crises such as the one being experienced in Pakistan,” read the SPA statement.
Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki had received the first batch of aid that arrived on Tuesday evening at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, along with the Saudi Consul General in Karachi Bandar bin Fahd Al-Dayel, and Minister for Labour and Human Resources Saeed Ghani of Sindh Province.
KSrelief earlier established a Saudi air bridge to deliver urgent aid to flood-hit Pakistan.