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Russia Sends Humanitarian Aid to Sri Lanka

08.08.2017 18:40

The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations dispatches humanitarian aid for the population of Sri Lanka affected by strong floods, the ministry press service told.

It said that in accordance with a request from the government of the Republic of Sri Lanka and an instruction from the Russian government, an Il-76 aircraft of the Russian emergencies ministry will shortly fly from Moscow to Colombo to deliver 32 tons of humanitarian aid to the population of Sri Lanka hit by floods.

The cargo includes portable mobile power plants, tents and sets of tableware, the press service said, adding that the plane has already been loaded.

Accorading to local authorities, more than 150 people were killed as a result of floods, and more than 3,000 people had to flee their homes.

Russian Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov sent a telegram to his Sri Lankan counterpart, expressing condolences and a bid to render assistance in dealing with the aftermath of severe floods caused by a tropical cyclone.