King sends aid to snow-hit Saudi Arabians

Lowest temperatures in 30 years leave 10 dead and thousands shivering in the Kingdom.
By Rob Corder
Sat 19 Jan 2008 09:53 PM

Emergency winter supplies began reaching citizens in the frozen Saudi Arabian region of Tabuk and Qasim today.

King Abudllah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered that government assistance should be given in the areas, which witnessed sub-zero temperatures this week.

Supplies of blankets, winter clothes, rugs, warming devices and food were all distributed free of charge.

Temperatures reached their lowest point in 30 years, plunging to -2C in the capital, Riyadh, and to -6C in mountainous regions blanketed by snow.

At least 10 people have died in the country as a weather system driven South from Siberia sent temperatures plummeting.

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