Russian emergencies ministry: Over 1,000 victims of Georgian attack on S.Ossetia got aid from Russia

Since Georgia attacked South Ossetia on Aug. 8 in 2008 the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's air crews have flown 270 missions to deliver relief aid, specialists and equipment to the victims, the ministry has reported.

"The people of South Ossetia found themselves on the verge of humanitarian disaster. In the first days the ministry and the Russian national emergency medicine center Zashchita deployed an airmobile hospital in the place where the republic hospital stood. Medical attention was given to more than 1,000 people and over 140 surgical operations were performed," the ministry said in a statemenet on Wednesday.

Humanitarian aid was airlifted to Vladikavkaz on the next day after the war started. Centers were set up in South Ossetia ,where citizens were provided with hot meals. Two tented camps were set up accommodating 630 people from Tskhinvali and nearby villages.

The ministry's psychologists provided assistance to about 7,000 people and they were joined by psychologists from the Health Ministry, the Serbsky Institute and the North Ossetian Center for Medical and Social Psychological Aid.

Sappers of the 179th Rescue Center and of the 294th Lider center for rescue operation involving special risks defused more than 2,000 bombs.

The ministry's air crews would airlift food, fresh water, baby food, medicines, construction materials and mobile power stations to North Ossetia and then to South Ossetia on a daily basis, and evacuate the sick and the wounded. Overall, 270 missions were flown, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The Russian government made more than 500 million rubles available from the reserve fund for the prevention of emergencies and dealing with them, to make compensation payments to those affected.

Fifty-five schools were restored in South Ossetia, equipment, computers, teaching aids and furniture were supplied, a two-month food stock provided and the schools were ready for work by September 1, the ministry said.

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