The Saudi embassy in Washington has announced that the kingdom is prepared and willing to aid and assist the United States, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey that has brought about considerable damage in the southern states of Texas and Louisiana.
According to media reports, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, telephoned Texas Governor Greg Abbott to confirm that the Kingdom stands in solidarity and compassion with the American people who have suffered due to the natural disaster.
Hurricane Harvey, one of the worst storms to hit the US in the past 50 years, according to estimates, has left 50 dead, displaced over a million people, raised river levels to record highs, and caused significant damage to property and industries.
Saudi oil giant Aramco, which has operations in Texas, has joined in the relief and rehabilitation effort in the affected areas. Some 300,000 food rations have been donated by Aramco for the victims and displaced populace, which are being distributed by the ‘Hand by Hand’ organization, as per a media report.
The report also stated that the Saudi cultural attaché in the US has participated in volunteer work and ground support teams in Texas, particularly in Houston, which was swamped by Harvey.
Aramco, which operates the largest oil refinery in America, located in Port Arthur, Texas, had announced last week that it has had to reduce the unit’s production capacity by 40%, as a result of Hurricane Harvey’s impact.