Peru sends 54 tons of humanitarian aid to Haiti

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LIMA, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Peruvian government on Thursday sent two plane loads of humanitarian aid weighing 54 tons to quake-devastated Haiti.

President of Peruvian Ministers Council Javier Velasquez is also leading an official delegation to help rescue operation in Haiti. The delegation was formed by Women and Human Rights Minister Nidia Vilchez, Agriculture Minister Adolfo de Cordova and chief of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces, General Francisco Contreras.

The Peruvian government said that the humanitarian aid it sent includes 50 tons of non-perishable food and four tons of medicines, and more aid is planned to be sent in the coming days.

The delegation will return to Peru on Monday.

A massive earthquake rocked Haiti on Tuesday, crushing thousands of buildings, including the presidential palace and the UN peacekeeping headquarters, and trapping untold numbers of people in the rubble of the capital city Port-AU-Prince.

According to Haitian authorities, there could be about 100,000 deaths and 3 million victims.

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