India sends humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan

Last Updated: Friday, July 2, 2010 - 10:16

New Delhi: India will send two plane loads of
humanitarian aid material to violence-hit Kyrgyzstan on Friday ,
about two weeks after over 100 Indian students were evacuated
from the Central Asian nation`s southern towns hit by ethnic
clashes.

"In response to the appeal by the Kyrgyz government, the
government of India has decided to provide urgent humanitarian
aid to the people of Kyrgyzstan, in their hour of need," an
External Affairs Ministry release said here yesterday.

The assistance would consist of food, medicines and tents
and these would be sent to Kyrgyz city Osh by two Indian Air
Force`s IL-76 heavy lift transport aircraft beginning
today.

"While one IL-76 will leave tomorrow for Osh carrying
about 50 tonnes of aid material, another aircraft will fly out
from here in a few days," an IAF official said yesterday.

The supplies, the External Affairs Ministry release said,
would be delivered to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of
Kyrgyzstan at Osh through the Indian Embassy.

It said India had been closely following recent internal
developments in Kyrgyzstan, a friendly country in the extended
neighbourhood.

"We are happy to note that calm has returned to southern
Kyrgyzstan after the unfortunate incidents of violence in
mid-June. The events, however, left thousands in need of
urgent humanitarian assistance," it added.

In the middle of the internal strife, India had to
evacuate over 100 Indian students, who were trapped in ethnic
violence-hit southern Kyrgyz cities of Osh and Jalalabad.

PTI



First Published: Friday, July 2, 2010 - 10:16

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