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Saudi donates $50mn, delivers 260t of relief to China

Fourth airplane carrying aid arrived in southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia has given China $50 million and delivered 260 tonnes of relief aid to help it deal with the aftermath of the devastating May 12 earthquake, the official SPA news agency said on Saturday.

A fourth airplane carrying aid arrived in southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday as part of an airlift ordered by King Abdullah following a quake that has killed more than 60,000 people.

King Abdullah had also provided $50 million "to cater for the humanitarian needs" of quake victims, SPA said.

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia has now delivered a total of 260 tonnes of foodstuffs, tents and blankets for survivors, SPA added.

China has said that more than 5.47 million people have been made homeless by the quake and more than 11 million people are expected to be housed in refugee camps as dangerous areas in the quake zone are evacuated.