Dispatch of 6 Humanitarian Flights to the Horn of Africa
The first humanitarian flight is scheduled to arrive in Asmara next Monday with a load of high-protein biscuits. It will be followed by a flight transporting sanitation kits, tents, containers for drinking water, blankets and other prime necessities. Other flights will deliver milk and sugar.
To deal with the new dramatic situation the Italian Cooperation Department has allocated 10 billion lira in emergency aid.
Italian technicians are worried about the accessibility of the Asmara airport. Its possible closure would create a highly complex logistical situation and significantly hamper humanitarian efforts.
The Italian Embassy in Asmara is already purchasing medicines, foods and other prime necessities locally for a total of over one billion lira to set up the first support facilities for all displaced persons.
A group of doctors and surgeons from the Italian Cooperation Department will leave within the next few days to supply additional support to the Italian surgical team already operating in Eritrea.