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Russian Emergencies Ministry plane with humanitarian aid flies to quake-stricken Iran

The plane will deliver 35 tons of humanitarian cargo

MOSCOW, February 8. /TASS/. A Russian Emergencies Ministry plane will deliver 35 tons of humanitarian aid to Iran, which suffered from an earthquake on January 28, the ministry's press service told TASS on Wednesday.

"A Russian Emergencies Ministry IL-76 aircraft took off from Zhukovsky airport to deliver humanitarian aid to the Islamic Republic of Iran. By order of the Russian government, a humanitarian cargo with a total weight of 35 tons will be delivered. The cargo includes all necessary things for primary support of citizens affected by the devastating earthquake in the northwest of the country on January 28", the press service said.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry added that the cargo included sugar, flour, vegetable oil, tents, warm blankets, stoves and a mobile power station.

The magnitude of the earthquake was 5.9. The epicenter of the disaster was located 23 km to the south-east from the town of Khoy, where 175,000 people live. The source was located at the depth of 43 km. According to Governor of West Azerbaijan Province Mohammad Sadegh Motamedian, the number of victims has reached 1,167. Secretary General of the Iranian Red Crescent Society Yaghob Soleymani said that about 7,000 tents were given to the victims, and 30 temporary camps, where people were given blankets, heaters and food kits, were set up.