A third Turkish Airlines cargo plane took off for Mogadishu on Thursday as part of Turkey's aid campaign jointly launched by the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), Prime Ministry Disaster & Emergency Management Directorate, Religious Affairs Directorate General, Turkish Red Crescent and the Turkish daily Sabah.
The plane is carrying 40 tons of food and medical supplies to drought-stricken Somalia.
The aid, which includes baby formula and milk powder as well as medication to cure most common diseases in Somalia, will be distributed by representatives from TIKA and Red Crescent in Mogadishu.
First two planes carrying aid to Somalia departed Monday with 50 tons of food and medical supplies on board.
"Donations reach 42 million TL"
Meanwhile, Prime Ministry Directorate of Disaster and Emergency Management said that Turkish people donated 42.12 million TL at bank accounts opened by the Prime Ministry and the Directorate of Religious Affairs.
A Turkish vessel is also scheduled to set sail to Somalia next week to carry 5 thousand tons of food and medical aid.
"10 tons of medicine delivered"
Ten tons of medicine, which were gathered within the scope of a relief campaign for drought-stricken Somalia, were delivered to Somali Health Ministry officials on Wednesday.
TIKA Africa Coordinator Cuneyt Esmer delivered the assistance to Somali Deputy Health Minister Muallem Ali.
Earlier today, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was set to pay a visit to Somalia where tens of thousands of people are suffering drought and famine and head for refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia in search of food and water.
Turkey has launched a massive aid campaign to help efforts to fight hunger in eastern Africa where the World Food Program estimates that 10 million people already need humanitarian aid.
The U.N. Children's Fund estimates that more than 2 million children are malnourished and in need of lifesaving action in the region.
AALast Mod: 11 Ağustos 2011, 11:40