New shipment of Mexican aid arrives in flood-hit Venezuela

12:20, December 18, 2010      

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The second shipment of humanitarian aid from the Mexican government has arrived in flood-stricken Venezuela, the government said on Friday.

The 12-ton shipment arrived Thursday night and included 1,494 boxes of flour, rice, water and sugar as well as 10,000 sleeping mats. It was the second of four shipments Mexico has pledged for Venezuelan victims, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The airlifted shipment was handed over to the ministry's represenative by an official from the Mexican embassy in Venezuela at the Simon Bolivar International Airport, 25 km north of Caracas.

"We are not exempt from tragedy, we have also lived through tragedy. Mexico shows its solidarity with the Venezuelan government and its people in this way...by showing a small amount of support and affection towards the Venezuelan people," said the Mexican official.

The first shipment of Mexican aid arrived on Dec. 15, containing 8.1 tons of coffee, bottles of water and grains, among other things.

The Venezuelan government reported more than 133,000 people have lost everything in 11 states of the country due to the heavy rains, and about half a million people in all are affected.

Source: Xinhua
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