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Russia has for now delivered roughly 600 tons of humanitarian cargoes to tsunami-stricken Southeast Asia on a large-scale relief operation
Russia has for now delivered roughly 600 tons of humanitarian cargoes to tsunami-stricken Southeast Asia on a large-scale relief operation, Yuri Brazhnikov said to a Novosti news conference. He heads the International Activities Department of Russia's Ministry for Emergency and Calamity Relief. The ministry's planes have made 22 flights, and the Defense Ministry's another eleven to "make an efficient and reliable air bridge from Russia to calamity-stricken areas", he reported. "5,000 cubic meters of cargoes has been delivered on the humanitarian operation," added Mr. Brazhnikov. Cubic meters are the most convenient unit to give an idea of the huge job done, he explained. "A cargo plane takes forty tons. The freight occasionally makes a mere ten to twenty tons in a fully loaded craft as many cargoes are light. Thus, we were delivering blankets and pillows to Phuket Island, Thailand. That was what people needed the most in the situation-and the cargo made a mere eighteen tons." Russia has earmarked $30 million for its relief operation, said Mr. Brazhnikov.
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