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MIDDLE EAST: Gulf aid to Pakistan - update


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Men load medicine from a WHO warehouse in Islamabad (file photo)
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.

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.

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.

Kuwait

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.

(Sources: local media, unless otherwise indicated)

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