Sunday, May 11, 2008

Russia sends more aid to Myanmar

MOSCOW, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Russia sent on Sunday its second batch of humanitarian aid to the cyclone-ravaged Myanmar, local media reported.

A cargo plane carrying tents, blankets, medicine and food took off from a Moscow airport Sunday afternoon, said an official with the ministry of emergency. Russia sent the first batch of aid, including 30 tons of tents and blankets, to Myanmar on Friday.

The death toll of Myanmar's cyclone disaster has risen to 28,458. Altogether, some 33,416 people remained missing, Myanmar's state media reported. The United Nations has launched an appeal of 187 million U.S. dollars in aid to help 1.5 million victims in Myanmar.

China, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand and India as well as the World Food Program have sent humanitarian aid to the South Asian country.

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