India to send more aid to quake victims in China

June 4th, 2008 - 12:51 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) Ahead of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s four-day visit to China Wednesday, India has announced it will send more aid for the victims of the recent earthquake in the country. Two IL-76 aircraft have been detailed to carry tents for earthquake victims in China.

“The first IL-76 aircraft with 200 tents will leave for Chengdu in China from Guwahati on June 6 and another aircraft with 200 tents will leave the next day,” a defence ministry statement said Tuesday.

India’s aid to quake-affected China has been codenamed Operation Sahayta and the Indian Air Force has so far airlifted over 150 tonnes of relief material to Chengdu on seven IL-76 aircraft.

India has been quick to respond and has pledged $5 million in aid to China, where over 15,000 people died in a devastating earthquake last month.

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