Venezuela to send more aid to storm hit Haiti

September 8th, 2008 - 11:11 am ICT by IANS  

Caracas, Sep 8 (Xinhua) Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has said that his country would send more humanitarian aid to Haiti devastated by hurricane Ike that killed at least 39 people.The country was hit by three other hurricanes Fay, Gustav and Hanna recently.

Chavez Sunday said a plane carrying food and water bottles has already left for the Haitian city of Gonaives.

Earlier on Saturday, a ship carrying 18 tonnes of food and other items was sent to the island nation.

“Here we pray to God to help not only the Cuban people but also people in the Caribbean and in the US. This hurricane season has been evil,” Chavez said in his weekly TV and radio programme “Hello President”.

At least 600 people have been killed in the latest hurricane season in Haiti this year.

“We hope (these hurricanes) do not produce a lot of damage. We are ready to collaborate,” Chavez said.

The Venezuelan government has announced that a rescue team would be sent to Haiti for relief work.

The UN World Food Programme delivered around 33 tonnes of aid to Haiti last Friday.

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