Colombian aircrafts arrive in Peru for disaster rescue operations

12:42 | Piura (Piura region), Mar. 20.

Two Colombian Black Hawk helicopters —from a total of four to be sent by the neighboring country— arrived in northern Piura region on Monday morning.

"The helicopters will carry out search and rescue operations, as well as humanitarian aid delivery," informed Peruvian Air Force General Commander Javier Ramirez, who welcomed the aircrafts at Piura's Air Group N° 7.

Each helicopter brings seven people, four of whom specialize in rescue operations and medical services. 

The officer explained said assistance was coordinated by the Foreign Affairs Ministry. 

Colombia has also sent an airplane bringing 30 tons of humanitarian aid, as announced by President Juan Manuel Santos on Sunday.

Relief includes 1,000 food packages, 1,000 personal hygiene kits, 3,000 blankets, 3,000 canopies and 1,600 tents, among other essential items, said Carlos Ivan Marquez, Colombia's National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) Director. 

The Inca nation expects the arrival of more aid aircrafts from other countries in the region.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski thanked Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos for the aid.


Published: 3/20/2017