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Ambassador Khalid bin Salman Confirms Saudi Solidarity with Texas after Storm Harvey | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A woman walks down a flooded road during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. (AFP)

Washington – The Saudi embassy in Washington announced that Riyadh is prepared to stand side by side with the United States in wake of Storm Harvey that caused huge damage in the southern states of Texas and Louisiana.

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, telephoned Texas Governor Greg Abbott to confirm that Saudi Arabia supports the American people in light of such a crisis.

Saudi cultural attaché in the US participated in volunteer work and ground support teams in Texas, particularly Houston, which was swamped by Storm Harvey.

Some 300,000 food rations were donated by Saudi Aramco to families and victims and were distributed by the “Hand by Hand” organization.

Hurricane Harvey, one of the worst storms in the past 50 years in the US, left 50 dead, displaced over 1 million people, raised river levels to record levels and destroyed supplies.

US President Donald Trump visited Texas for the second time on Saturday to meet flood survivors and volunteers who helped with rescue efforts.

The Trump administration sent a letter to Congress asking for $ 7.85 billion for initial recovery efforts and disaster management. Trump announced a $ 1 million donation in the campaign to save Houston.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that Trump would ask Congress for an additional $ 6.7 billion by the end of the month, raising the figure to $ 14.5 billion.