Spain sends another 30 tons of aid to Peru

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21 August 2007, MADRID - Spain's AECI foreign-aid agency dispatched a second cargo aircraft with 30 tons of humanitarian aid for the victims of the Aug. 15 magnitude-8.0 earthquake in Peru, adding to the 100 tons Madrid sent to the stricken region last week.

21 August 2007

MADRID - Spain's AECI foreign-aid agency dispatched a second cargo aircraft with 30 tons of humanitarian aid for the victims of the Aug. 15 magnitude-8.0 earthquake in Peru, adding to the 100 tons Madrid sent to the stricken region last week.

The plane, chartered by AECI in coordination with the Spanish regional and municipal governments and non-governmental organizations, will transport clothing; medical, sanitary and water products, and could depart from Madrid's Torrejon airbase for Lima before midnight, officials told Efe.

Last week's temblor left more than 500 dead and forced some 80,000 from their homes in areas south of the Peruvian capital.

The first team sent to the region by the Spanish air agency consisted of 50 people, including doctors, psychologists, firefighters and technicians specializing in emergency aid, and it is already working in the area in coordination with the Spanish Embassy in Lima, AECI said.

Also traveling from the Spanish capital on a regular flight to Lima will be three psychologists with the Madrid emergency service.

AECI is in ongoing communication with Spain's diplomatic mission in Peru and with the personnel dispatched to the affected area with the aim of maintaining the humanitarian operation for as long as necessary.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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