Cuba sends medicines to Bolivia

Campaign News | Thursday, 2 February 2006

Immediate response to flood disaster

Havana, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuba responded immediately on Wednesday to a call for international aid made by President of Bolivia Evo Morales by sending an aircraft loaded with medicine to help flood victims in the South American country.

At least 15.7 tons of medicine, 299 backpacks and 40 tents have been sent, according to local TV news.

These resources will be used by a 140-doctor Cuban brigade belonging to the Henry Reeve International Medical Contingent against Catastrophes, who will leave for Bolivia in the next few hours.

They will support Bolivian people in areas affected by heavy rains which have caused 13 deaths and heavy damages so far.

Other additional measures are currently being considered by Cuba, the TV broadcast report concluded.

Heavy rains in eastern Bolivia have put the new government in tension. President Evo Morales declared an emergency after inspecting worst-hit areas.

In a meeting attended by diplomatic representatives from 55 countries and international bodies, Morales requested help from the international community in order to face this emergency.

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