12 November 2013, 10:13

Russian emergencies ministry sends rescuers and doctors to typhoon-hit Philippines

Russian emergencies ministry sends  rescuers and doctors to  typhoon-hit Philippines

Two airplanes of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry carrying rescue teams and doctors are heading to the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, deputy head of the ministry's National Crisis Management Center Oleg Voronov said.

"Following instructions issued by the Russian government and requests received from the Philippines, the Emergency Situations Ministry has sent two [Ilyushin] Il-76 airplanes with an airborne hospital, doctors, rescuers and psychologists onboard," he said.

"The planes will make two stopovers for refueling - in Krasnoyarsk and in Khabarovsk," he added.

The Russian rescuers and doctors en route to the typhoon-stricken areas of the Philippines have been provided with advanced equipment and all-terrain vehicles, which will allow them to operate autonomously.

Russia ready to help Philippines typhoon victims – Lavrov

Russia is ready to help the Philippines in post-typhoon relief efforts, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

"We are commiserating with the people and government of the Philippines and are ready to provide comprehensive relief aid," he said at the 11th ministerial conference of the Asia-Europe Forum.

The devastating typhoon Haiyan that struck the central Philippines on Friday has claimed at least 10,000 lives.

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Voice of Russia, Interfax

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