India rushes more aid to Nargis-hit Myanmar

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New Delhi, May 12 (UNI) An Indian Air Force (IAF) IL-76 aircraft airlifted more relief supplies to cyclone-hit Myanmar today.

The aircraft took off from Bagdogra carrying more than 12,000 packets of readymade meals for the survivors of severe cyclone 'Nargis' that hit Myanmar on May 2-3.

With this, India has so far dispatched three IL-76, two AN-32 and two shiploads of relief supplies, including medicines, food, tents and clothing to Yangon.

India has been at the forefront of countries to rise up to the aid of its eastern neighbour in this hour of crisis.

The Indian armed forces have mobilised a comprehensive relief package under ''Operation Sahayata.'' The Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) of the Ministry of Defence, which is overseeing the relief operations, had so far sent about 124 tonnes of relief material worth over Rs 6 crore.

Myanmar raised the death toll to 28,458 dead and the number of missing to 33,416 in the storm.

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