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    Cargo aircraft of the U.S. Air Forces Southern Command have airlifted more than 150,000 pounds?

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    Cargo aircraft of the U.S. Air Forces Southern Command have airlifted more than 150,000 pounds (70,000 Kilograms) of emergency supplies to disaster areas in Peru.

    Since June 2, the United States have been transporting cargo ranging from disaster survey personnel to aviation fuel into Peru. The airlifted aid includes cots, blankets, tents, sleeping bags, medical supplies, helicopters and a 24-man team of doctors, communications technicians, laboratory specialists and interpreters.

    The aid is being flown of Chimbote from the Howard Air Force Base in the Panama Canal Zone.

    Helicopters are flying throughout the disaster area carrying supplies and airlifting sick and stranded persons.

    President Juan Velasco Alvarado has taken personal control of the rescue operations, and on Thursday (June 11) Peru started negotiations for loans from the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. The President estimated that it would need 230 million dollars (98 million sterling) to rehabilitate the areas devastated.

    There are still thousands of bodies buried under the rubble. Rescue workers and relatives are continually digging and recover about 200 bodies a day.

    Officials in the disaster areas say that supplies are not reaching the areas fast enough. People are starving and some essential supplies such as disinfectant are still needed.

    The 40-second earthquake in the northern region of Peru on May 31, killed more than 50,000 people. The United States department of Defence said that American aid would continue as long as it was needed.

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