Bulgarian Aid Relief to Tsunami Victims Blocked at Kuala Lumpur

Politics | January 6, 2005, Thursday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgarian Aid Relief to Tsunami Victims Blocked at Kuala Lumpur A plane loaded with medicines and water-purifying equipment headed for Indonesia and Sri Lanka to add to world's efforts to aid the tsunami battered areas to recover. Photo by WN

The plane of the Bulgarian parliamentary delegation that was to transport the Bulgarian aid relief to Indonesia remained blocked for over five hours at the Kuala Lumpur airport.

The plane and the team aboard were waiting for hours over the airport to be given permission to land.

The plane transported aid relief to the Medan city at the tsunami-hit isle of Sumatra. The reason for the delay is the heavy traffic at the Medan airport, where many planes are delivering aid relief.

Bulgaria is sending aid relief worth BGN 300,000. Most of the aid will be delivered in Indonesia, while the rest of it will go to Sri Lanka.

In a day when Australia upped its aid package by USD 1 B, leaders from around the world gathered in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. They welcomed debt relief for countries hit by the disaster and supported the creation of a tsunami early warning system to prevent awful loss of life in the future.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urged world leaders to convert aid pledges into USD 1 B cash for urgent use. Global pledges exceed USD 3 B but promises have not always come good in the past, media comments.

More than 140,000 people are now known to have died in the disaster, and hundreds of thousands more are homeless.
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