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MOSCOW, October 27 (Itar-Tass) — An airplane of Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry has delivered humanitarian aid to Turkey which had suffered from a severe earthquake, the ministry’s information department told Itar-Tass.
“The transport plane landed at the airport of Erzurum. It carried 214 tents, which may host ten or thirty people.”
Earlier, the ministry’s spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said that “on the instruction of the country’s leadership the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry sends humanitarian aid to the people, who had been hit by the devastating earthquake, in compliance with Turkey’s request.”
A quake of 7.3 points on the Richter scale happened in eastern Turkey on Sunday. The quake epicentre was located 35 kilometres northeast of Van. The quake nested at the depth of 94 kilometres. In some areas the tremors have been continuing for 30 seconds.
About 50 buildings, including residencies and a school dormitory, were flattened to the ground, and several hundreds of buildings sustained serious damage, the local media said. The police said that casualties were numerous and their number is 480 dead and 1,650 wounded. On Tuesday, Turkey’s government addressed 30 countries for humanitarian aid in overcoming consequences of the earthquake. The country needs tents, ready and easy to assemble houses to shelter those who suffered.