Sudan Information Minister Abdullah Mohammed Ahmed said the United States and Western Europe contributed "very little" to his nation's plea for relief from raging Nile floods, the Middle East News Agency said Wednesday.

The agency, in a report from the Sudan capital of Khartoum, said Ahmed told reporters that Saudi Arabia contributed 90 percent of the aid that reached Sudan after devastating floods in the last month."The United States and Western Europe contributed very little that is worth mentioning," Ahmed said. "Sudan received 4,775 tons of supplies, of which 4,360 tons, or 90 percent, came from Arab countries."

Torrential rains and the annual flood of the River Nile have killed at least 73 people, destroyed tens of thousands of homes and made more than 1.5 million Sudanese homeless.