Time: 26 January, 2020
- Saudi organization launched $1.5 million winter relief project for Pakistan this month
- Winter kits include warm blankets and clothing for men and women
ISLAMABAD: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Friday distributed 1,000 winter packages directly benefiting 5,000 residents in Azad Kashmir’s Neelum Valley– a region that has battled a bitter winter this year– the Saudi Press Agency said on Saturday.
Earlier this month, KSRelief launched a $1.5 million winter relief project to distribute 30,000 winter bags containing 180 tons of goods in 21 districts across Pakistan. The initiative is expected to benefit 150,000 people.
According to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), at least 105 people were killed and 96 injured in the wake of recent weather-related incidents in the country. The majority of casualties were reported from Azad Kashmir where heavy rains and snowfall triggered avalanches, especially in the Neelum Valley area.
“KSRelief is going to distribute 7,500 winter kits, including 15,000 blankets, shawls for men and women, socks, gloves and caps in Azad Kashmir. Most of these items will find their way to the most affected districts of Neelum Valley,” KSRelief told Arab News last week.
With one of the largest humanitarian aid budgets in the world, KSRelief has been working in 46 countries. Pakistan is the fifth-largest recipient of its assistance and has received more than $117.6 million in aid since 2005.