THAI to send rice to help Haitian quake victims

Haitian quake

National airline Thai Airways International (THAI) will start transporting the first batch of 100 tonnes of rice to earthquake-hit Haiti on February 1, Thai Airways President Piyasvasti Amranand announced.

The company will arrange a special flight to carry Thai rice donated by the Thai government to the Dominican Republic where a United Nations (UN) centre has been set up to gather aid supplies and donations for earthquake victims.

The national flag carrier will financially support the transportation cost of US$632,000.

The Thai government earlier donated $100,000 to Haiti and 20,000 tonnes of rice is yet to be sent.

Haitian authorities said the January12, magnitude-7 quake killed up to 200,000 people and left up to 3 million injured or homeless. (TNA)