Saudi Arabia building houses, schools and hospitals in Pakistan

Saudi King Salman is seen during U.S. President Obama's visit to Erga Palace in Riyadhnews54s54f54sf54Saudi Arabia is building 1,900 housing units, 33 schools and 23 healthcare centers in Pakistan as part of a relief package for earthquake and flood victims in the country.

Dr. Khaled Mohammed Al-Othmani, regional director of the Saudi Campaign for the Relief of Pakistani People, said the housing units will be built in Baluchistan and Gilgit-Baltistan and the schools and health centers in Sind, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir.

In October 2005, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake ripped through the region, killing an estimated 75,000, wounding 128,000 and displacing another 3.5 million.

“We are also repairing 48 mosques damaged by the earthquake,” Al-Othmani told Okaz/Saudi Gazette. He disclosed plans to implement a number of drinking water projects, including sinking of artesian wells in various parts of Pakistan. “We intend to organize an integrated relief program by establishing hospitals, housing units, mosques, health centers, orphanages and drinking water facilities,” Al-Othmani said.