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Chad sends aid to Congo blast victims

2012-03-08 20:27

N'Djamena - The Chadian president's office on Thursday announced it would send meat and medical supplies to the Republic of Congo, where explosions in an arms depot killed almost 200 people.

"The Chadian minister of foreign affairs, Moussa Faki Mahamat, [on Wednesday] took 200 sheep carcasses and 50 beef carcasses for the use of the Congolese government. He also handed over the sum of €760 000, with crates of medicines accompanied by four Chadian doctors," said deputy presidential cabinet director Ahmat Bachir.

The series of blasts on Sunday at a depot in the east of the Congolese capital Brazzaville killed almost 200 people and wounded more than 1 300, leaving city hospitals overwhelmed.

Hundreds of houses around the arms depot were destroyed and more than 5 000 people have been left homeless.