(AVN) – Venezuela sent a total of 12 tons of supplies to provide humanitarian aid to Cuba with so as to help the population affected by the passage of storm Alberto, which, to date, leaves four people dead and hundreds evacuated.
The cargo, containing food and basic needs, departed on Thursday to Cuban territory in an aircraft of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) from Simon Bolivar International Airport, in Maiquetia, Vargas state.
“Here is the Venezuelan people ratifying our commitment to integration, this equipment is a tangible expression of the moral, ethical and spiritual support of solidarity that characterizes brother peoples such as Cuba and Venezuela,” said the Minister of Popular Power for Interior Relations, Justice and Peace, Nestor Reverol.
The donation of supplies responds to a guideline issued on Wednesday by the President of the Republic, Nicolas Maduro, who instructed the Executive Vice President, Tareck El Aissami, to coordinate measures of aid for the Cuban people affected by the floods that have occurred in recent days.
In response, the Cuban ambassador to Venezuela, Rogelio Polanco, thanked the Bolivarian Government for its solidarity, indicating that humanitarian aid means a “helping hand” in times of difficulties for the population that needs it the most.
“These 12 tons are a support not only symbolic, but a concrete demonstration of what can be done by the fraternal peoples when we have as a center the human being,” he said in a broadcast of Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).
Polanco recalled the visit made this Wednesday by the head of State of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel to Venezuelan territory, noting that he returned to the largest of the Antilles with the conviction of the strength of the bonds of friendship and cooperation for bilateral development.
“The brotherhood between Cuba and Venezuela is further enhanced by this gesture of solidarity from the Venezuelan people,” the diplomat added.
In the Caribbean nation, the storm Alberto has wreaked havoc in the towns of Sancti Spíritus, Villa Clara and Cienfuegos, over whose territories there are considerable accumulated rains, as well as damage to homes and road infrastructure from the flooding of rivers and reservoirs.