India sends humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan

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.