The transportation of humanitarian aid was made possible by the Government of Amazonas in partnership with the Federal Government and the Armed Forces.
Air Force Agency – VII COMAR, by Lieutenant Bento
The KC-390 Millennium aircraft of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) took off on Thursday (19/10) from Manaus Air Base (BAMN) with 710 food baskets, equivalent to 14.5 tons, for the municipality of Tabatinga (1,108 kilometers from the capital of Amazonas). The transportation of humanitarian aid was made possible by the Government of Amazonas in partnership with the Federal Government and the Armed Forces.
The municipality of Tabatinga will serve as a hub city, where the food baskets will be stored in a supply center and then redirected to neighboring municipalities and communities by smaller aircraft and boats.
The Intersectoral Committee for Coping with the Drought, coordinated by the Amazonas Civil Defense, reported that 18,000 food baskets will be transported to the Alto Solimões channel over the next few days, 10,000 of which will be transported with the support of the FAB.
The food baskets are made up of 31 non-perishable items and are destined for the population affected by the drought in the municipalities of Tabatinga, Atalaia de Norte, Benjamin Constant, Amaturá, Santo Antônio do Içá and Tonantins, all located on the banks of the Alto Solimões.
“Over the next few days, FAB aircraft will continue to transport food to help the population affected by the drought in the municipalities of Alto Solimões. The Government of Amazonas, through Civil Defense, and the other agencies are committed to bringing humanitarian aid to the population quickly,” said the head of the Amazonas Civil Defense’s Post-Disaster Preparedness and Assistance Department, Lieutenant Aldimar da Silva Teixeira.