Russia to deliver 40 tons of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

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A Russian plane carrying 40 metric tons of humanitarian aid is expected to arrive in Afghanistan on Friday night, an emergencies ministry spokesman said.
MOSCOW, March 13 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian plane carrying 40 metric tons of humanitarian aid is expected to arrive in Afghanistan on Friday night, an emergencies ministry spokesman said.

The humanitarian load for the impoverished state comprises essential goods "from food and medicines to tents and clothes," the spokesman said on Friday.

Meanwhile, Russia continues its deliveries of wheat flour to Afghanistan, where about 300 people died last year of hunger and cold during an unusually severe winter. Some 18,000 metric tons of flour in 275 rail carriages are expected to be delivered.

As of March 13, a total of 140 rail cars, or 50%, have arrived in the Afghan city of Hairaton on the border with Uzbekistan, while another 70 are on their way. Under favorable conditions the deliveries of high-quality flour to Afghanistan are expected to be completed by mid-April.

Russia also plans to give the Afghan government 50 Kamaz trucks later this year.

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