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More aid from abroad goes to China for quake relief
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08:23, May 26, 2008

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More aid from abroad continues to flow into China on Sunday for the relief efforts of the recent devastating quake, which has killed more than 60,000 people in the country's southwestern Sichuan region.

Russia, which is among the first countries to offer aid after the quake, delivered additional batches of humanitarian aid to China Sunday.

"An Il-76 cargo plane of the Emergency Situations Ministry carrying some 30 tons of disaster relief aid, including blankets and tents that are mostly needed, departed from Ramenskoye near Moscow," the Interfax news agency quoted the ministry as saying.

Another transport plane with humanitarian aid is scheduled to leave later Sunday, the ministry said.

Russia has so far sent nearly 400 tons of emergency aid, as well as rescue and medical teams, to Sichuan province, which was hit by an 8-magnitude quake on May 12.

Also on Sunday, an Israeli cargo plane carrying the second batch of relief materials left the country and headed for China.

The materials, which are worth some 1.5 million U.S. dollars, include tents, blankets, water-cleaning devices and so on.

"We would like to send our condolences to the people of China, and to try to help as far as we can, in order to express the friendship and understanding between our peoples," said Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at a ceremony at Ben Gurion international airport before the plane took off.

Chinese Ambassador to Israel Zhao Jun thanked the Israeli government and people for their "cordial affection and generous assistance," saying the friendship between the two nations will be carried on from generation to generation.

The Boeing Company and Shenzhen Airlines launched "Flight of Hope" on Saturday to deliver nearly three tons of medical supplies to victims of the quake.

The supplies, provided by the U.S. Medical Teams International and Mercy Corps, were being carried to China on a new Boeing 737-800 airplane that Shenzhen Airlines just received Saturday.

The supplies would be transferred to a domestic flight of Shenzhen Airlines and taken to the disaster area early next week.

Meanwhile, some Singaporean companies and organizations have provided or pledged new aid to China after the Singaporean government had handed over to China relief materials worth 200,000 U.S. dollars, including gauze masks, tents, sleeping bags and food.

He Jing, president of the Temasek Holdings, said the company would like to provide 1 million dollars worth of aid for the quake relief and reconstruction in quake-hit regions.

Four Singaporean business associations including the cloth industry association have swiftly ordered 500 tents and would transfer them to the disaster regions soon.

Singapore's Tianfu association, which is made up of those from Sichuan province, handed over 200,000 Singapore dollars (148,000 U.S. dollars) in cash to a representative of the Sichuan provincial government Saturday night.

Malaysia's Hai-O Group, which sells a wide range of Chinese herbal medicines, medicated wines and health care products, Saturday held a meeting to encourage its staff to donate more for the quake victims. Its managing director Tan Kai Hee, on behalf of the Group, had already donated 200,000 Ringgit (some 57,000 U.S. dollars) to Sichuan on May 13.

The quake on May 12 has killed 62,664 people, injured 358,816 and left 23,775 missing up to Sunday noon.

Source: Xinhua

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