Chinese aid arrives in Mongolia to help combat snowstorms

08:26, February 02, 2010      

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Aid materials provided by the Chinese government arrived on Monday to help Mongolians cope with the worst snowstorms the country has ever seen in three decades.

The aid, worth 10 million yuan (1.46 million U.S. dollars), includes food, portable power generators and quilts.

At a handover ceremony at the airport, Enkhbold Miyegombo, deputy prime minister of Mongolia and head of the State Emergency Commission, said the timely support was an embodiment of brotherhood between China and Mongolia.

Chinese Ambassador Yu Hongyao said he was confident that Mongolians would overcome the disaster with the leadership of the Mongolian government.

The Red Cross Society of China has also announced a donation of 30,000 dollars to Mongolia, Yu said.

Snowstorms across Mongolia have left over 1.5 million head of cattle dead, dealing a heavy blow to the country's farming industry.

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