A Russian Emergency Ministry’s Ilyushin Il-76 plane has successfully delivered humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka. It brought to people affected by flood some 32 tons of relief supplies, including mobile power stations, tents and cutlery.
The Il-76 plane with relief supplies aboard took off from Moscow for Colombo on 8 August following a request of the Sri Lanka’s Government and the order of the Russian Government.
According to local authorities, the flooding left more than 150 people dead, while over 3,000 more had to flee their homes.
Earlier, Russian Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov send the Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Minister a telegram offering condolences and expressing readiness to assist in coping with the impact of the tropical cyclone.
The Russian Emergency Ministry helped Sri Lanka after a devastating tsunami hit the country in 2004. Russian rescuers were sent to the disaster area then and Tsentrospas’s airmobile hospital helped thousands of the injured in 2005.