Dutch airline KLM transports aid supplies to Ecuador

This evening the Netherlands will send a large cargo of aid supplies to Ecuador to support relief work there following last month’s earthquake. In doing so the Dutch government is responding to Ecuador’s request for assistance in the form of camp beds, sleeping bags and lighting. Dutch airline KLM has offered to transport the supplies to Quito free of charge, where they will be distributed by the country’s risk management agency Secretaría de Gestión de Riesgos.

‘The earthquake has caused major damage,’ foreign trade and development minister Lilianne Ploumen said. ‘More than a million people have been affected, and tens of thousands have lost their homes. It happened over three weeks ago, but there are still aftershocks and there is still an acute need for aid. It’s fantastic that KLM is helping to get these supplies to Ecuador.’

The scheduled flight carrying the aid supplies will leave Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at 22:15. KLM will transport a total of 13 tonnes to the affected area on 50 pallets: 1000 camp beds, sleeping bags, pillows and hygiene kits, as well as nine lighting units. The Dutch government previously made available €1.5 million in humanitarian aid through the Red Cross. In the earthquake on 16 April and subsequent aftershocks 660 people lost their lives. A further 4,605 people were injured and dozens are still missing.