Russia sends more than 40 tons of humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan


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.