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China's relief aid arrives in quake-hit Afghanistan

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-11-04 09:46

China's relief aid arrives in quake-hit Afghanistan

Afghan men unload the relief supplies donated by Chinese government for earthquake survivors from an airplane at Kabul international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov 3, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

KABUL - A handover ceremony of emergency relief aid provided by China for the quake-stricken country was held here Tuesday.

The supplies worth 10 million yuan (1.6 million US dollars) arrived in the Afghan capital in the early afternoon.

The ceremony was attended by Afghan State Minister for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs Wais Ahmad Barmak and Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Yao Jing.

The emergency relief items will be distributed to the quake-affected people in 10 provinces, according to Barmak.

The emergency supplies include 20,000 blankets, 300 tents and 60 power generators.

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan on Oct 26, killing at least 115 people and wounding hundreds of others.

Earlier in the day, visiting Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao announced that China will also offer 1 million US dollars in cash to Afghanistan for the quake relief.

"For this, I am very much thankful to the people of China and also to the government of China," Barmak said while appreciating China's timely response to the disaster in the Central Asian country.

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