Colombia thanked Venezuela Sunday for its humanitarian aid for the victims of the heavy rains in Colombia.
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said it was a
“gesture of a lot of humanity” that the Venezuelan government sent a
military plane of aid.
The plane took off Saturday in
Caracas, Venezuela and transported 14 tons of food and drinking water
to the 1.1. million people affected by the rain season in Colombia,
which has left 67 dead and hundreds injured.
“Let’s thank President (Hugo)
Chavez and his government of the Republic of Venezuela, because they
gave us a gesture of great solidarity, a plane with a lot of aid,”
Uribe said in Pinillios town.
Uribe also announced his government
would invest 17.5 million U.S. dollars to subsidize the peasants who
lost their crops and animals due to the rains.
The rain season, which started in
mid September, has affected 390 municipalities and 27 of the 32
provinces across the country.
Meteorological studies indicated that this rain season should end before new year. (Xinhua)