MOSCOW, December 31. The Russian Emergencies Ministry has sent more than 40 tons of humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan. “Today, under instructions from the Russian government, the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft has departed from Ramenskoye airport in the Moscow region to the Kyrgyz city of Osh to provide humanitarian assistance to the population of Kyrgyzstan affected by a devastating earthquake,” the ministry’s spokesman said. The aircraft will deliver to Kyrgyzstan more than 40 tons of humanitarian cargo, including mobile power stations, multi-seat tents, blankets, utensils and food (canned meat and fish). A series of earthquake shocks occurred in southern Kyrgyzstan overnight on November 18. The epicenter was located from 35 to 45 kilometers from the regional center — the city of Osh. According to the Kyrgyz authorities, about 140 houses were damaged, some of them are considered to be a total loss. The Kyrgyz authorities asked Russia to render assistance in dealing away with the aftermath of the earthquake.