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MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has sent humanitarian aid to avalanche-hit Tajikistan, the ministry’s press service told TASS.
"An Ilyushin Il-76 cargo aircraft carrying around 40 tons of humanitarian aid has departed to Dushanbe from the Ramenskoye airfield near Moscow," the press service said. The aid comprises food products, tents, blankets and a mobile power plant.
The humanitarian aid will be provided to Tajikistan upon the orders of the Russian president. "The Republic of Tajikistan turned to the world community for assistance after avalanches had struck the eastern and northern parts of the country. The natural disaster inflicted serious damage on the Tajik economy for many infrastructure facilities were destroyed and dozens of settlements were blocked. There have been reports of casualties," the Russian emergencies ministry added.
In 1997, Russia and Tajikistan signed an agreement on cooperation in civil defense and disaster management.