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Russia is preparing to send North Korea a planeload of humanitarian help
Russia, through its Emergencies Ministry, is preparing to send North Korea a planeload of humanitarian help in the wake of the disastrous rail explosion and fire Thursday in North Korea that left more than 150 dead, including 76 pupils at a school beside the rail tracks, and more than 1,300 injured. The Emergencies Ministry said Monday that it was sending to North Korea an Il-76 carrying approximately 13 tonnes of medicine, 54,000 single-use blood transfusion kits, 60 10-bed and 25 30-bed tents and a thousand blankets. In all, 1,800 buildings were destroyed in the disaster, including 12 government offices. Almost 7,000 other structures were damaged. Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov have expressed their concern and sympathy to North Korea
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