Two Russian aircraft with humanitarian relief aid arrive in Serbia

Two aircraft of the Emergency Situations' Ministry have delivered humanitarian aid to Serbia, official spokesman for the ministry Alexander Drobyshevsky has announced.

"Two Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft of the Emergency Situations' Ministry arrived at Belgrade and Nis airports. Together they delivered about 70 tonnes of humanitarian cargo," he said.

The plane landing in Belgrade delivered one power station, 10 water pumps, 30 boats, 2,500 blankets and also meat and fish cans, sugar, baby food and other necessities. The other plane carried five water pumps, two mobile power plants, 10 boats, 3,200 blankets and also meat and fish cans.

In addition, two Kamov Ka-32 helicopters are on their way. They took off from Ramenskoye near Moscow and are flying via Gomel, Brest and Bratislava to Nis. The helicopters will be on their way for some 12 hours.

"In Serbia the crews of Ka-32 having ample experience of rescue operations on the water will fly reconnaissance missions, evacuate flood victims and deliver cargos to inaccessible areas," Drobyshevsky said.

Besides, helicopters will deliver firefighting equipment to the Russian-Serbian center in Nis.

Russian rescuers have been operating in Serbia since last Friday. They have evacuated over 2,000 people from calamity areas.

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