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China Announces Additional Aid to Quake-hit Chile

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China will provide an additional aid worth US$2 million in emergency relief materials to quake-hit Chile, the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement Thursday.

The aid materials will depart for the Chilean capital city Santiago from the Beijing Capital International Airport at 4:00 PM Beijing time, according to a statement posted on the MOC's official website.

The materials are expected to arrive at 1:30 PM local time Friday.

The US$2 million worth of aid includes 700 tents, 10,000 blankets, 100 portable power generators, 2 water purification units.

The Chinese government had previously sent US$1 million of cash remittance to the country.

The death toll of the earthquake that shook the center-south region of the country Saturday has risen to 802, Chilean Deputy Interior Minister Patricio Rosende said Wednesday.

(Xinhua News Agency March 4, 2010)