MOSCOW: Russia’s Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense (EMERCOM) has dispatched an airmobile hospital and rescue workers to the Philippines to help clear away the aftermath of the devastating typhoon Haiyan, which the UN says was the most destructive typhoon to hit land in southeast Asia for over a hundred years.
One of the two Ilyushin-76 jets, which are due to deliver the airmobile hospital of the Centrospas emergency medicine center, rescuers and psychologists to the disaster area, has taken off from EMERCOM’s main air hub in Ramenskoye near Moscow and is heading Cebu in the Philippines, Oleg Voronov, the chief of EMERCOM’s Center for Response to Critical Situations told Itar-Tass.
Another Ilyushin-76 jet is due to take off shortly.
On the way to the disaster-stricken country, both jets will make landings in Krasnoyarsk in Eastern Siberia and Khabarovsk in the Far East for refueling, Voronov said.
“In line with an instruction issued by the Russian government in the light of a request from the Philippines, EMERCOM is sending two Ilyushin-76 jets that will deliver a hospital of the Centrospas emergency medicine center, rescuers and psychologists to area affected by the calamity,” Oleg Voronov, the chief of EMERCOM’s Center for Response to Critical Situations told Itar-Tass.
The emergency response group is led by Deputy Minister Vladimir Stepanov.
President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines declared a state of national calamity across the country. The authorities said at least 9.7 million people across 41 provinces had been affected and two provinces, Leyte and Samar, had evidenced a particularly massive loss of life and destruction.
The Russian rescuers and physicians who are heading for the Philippines have all the necessary equipment and vehicles with a good cross-country ability, which enable them to operate autonomously from others.
The airmobile hospital is easily transformable into a multifunctional field clinic where even highly complex surgeries are possible. Its personnel tables include physicians of various specializations like anesthesiologists, intensive care doctors, surgeons, therapists, and U.S. diagnosticians. PNA