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Flight delivering China's humanitarian assistance to Japan takes off from Beijing

03-15-2011 08:49 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

BEIJING, March 14 (Xinhua) -- A chartered civil aviation flight delivering China's first round of humanitarian assistance to Japan took off here Monday afternoon.

The aid package included 900 tents, 2,000 towels and blankets and 200 emergency lamps.

According to the news office at China's Ministry of Defense, China's military is responsible for collecting this first batch of aid, as required by a related emergency response mechanism and several government agencies.

The office said the mission was accomplished as soon as the order was issued.

A massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami rocked Japan Friday, causing widespread destruction and leaving more than 1,800 people dead and thousands more missing.

China will provide 30 million yuan (4.57 million U.S. dollars) in emergency humanitarian assistance to Japan to support disaster relief efforts there, China's Ministry of Commerce said Monday.

A 15-member Chinese rescue team started search and rescue operations Monday morning in Ofunato city of Japan's northeastern Iwate Prefecture, according to the website of the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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