Saudi relief reaches cold-hit Gilgit-Baltistan

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Time: 14 January, 2020

Residents of Astor district in Gilgit-Baltistan receive winter kits from KSRelief. (Photo courtesy: KSRelief)
  • Saudi relief program will help 150,000 Pakistanis in winter-affected regions
  • KSRelief’s winter assistance program in Pakistan is worth $1.5 million

ISLAMABAD: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed much-needed warm clothing and winter kits in Astor district of Gilgit-Baltistan, the Saudi Embassy said in a statement on Tuesday.

Residents of Astor district in Gilgit-Baltistan receive winter kits from KSRelief. (Photo courtesy: KSRelief)

As severe cold has struck several regions in Pakistan, in Astor, where hundreds of families have been badly affected, KSRelief distributed 3,000 blankets and 1,500 pieces of winter gear, including “men’s and women’s shawls, socks, gloves, and caps,” according to the statement.

Residents of Astor district in Gilgit-Baltistan receive winter kits from KSRelief. (Photo courtesy: KSRelief)

Earlier this month, KSRelief launched its winter aid program to distribute $1.5 million worth emergency kits in 21 districts of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir, which have been hit by severe cold spells this winter.
The initiative will benefit 150,000 people.

Residents of Astor district in Gilgit-Baltistan receive winter kits from KSRelief. (Photo courtesy: KSRelief)

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 help and has received more than $117.6 million in aid since 2005.

KSRelief officers distribute winter aid to families in cold-affected Astor district of Gilgit Baltistan. (Photo courtesy: KSRelief)

In November, hundreds of have undergone eye surgery and regained vision in Khairpur district of Sindh province during a medical campaign by KSRelief to prevent and treat blindness.

This article was first published in Arab News

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