Nicaragua sends rescuers, military doctors to Haiti

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MANAGUA, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Nicaraguan on Thursday sent 31 military doctors of the Humanitarian Rescue Unit (URH) and humanitarian aid for the victims of a magnitude-7 earthquake that shocked Haiti on Tuesday.

The Nicaraguan rescuers and doctors will assist at least some 3,000 victims of the earthquake in Part-au-Prince, capital of Honduras, for some 10 days.

Before the plane took off, chief of the Nicaraguan Army, General Omar Halleslevens inspected the two AN-26 planes which carried the aid to Haiti.

The 31 officers of the URH travel in one of the planes, while the other plane was loaded with portable beds and medicines to aid the victims in Haiti. The cost of this aid is of 100,000 U.S. dollars.

Among the 31 URH officers there are experts to reestablish the electricity system and to provide the first aids.

The two Nicaraguan planes will make a stop in Jamaica for later take off to Haiti. Haitian President Rene Preval said on Wednesday that there are at least some 100,000 deaths and Port-au-Prince was devastated by the strong earthquake.

On Wednesday, Nicaraguan government spokesman Rosario Murillo announced that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega ordered to send two planes of the army to Haiti with a humanitarian brigade and humanitarian aid.

Editor: yan