Brazil Will Send Two Helicopters For Rescue Operations In Chile
By Dialogo March 04, 2010Brazil will send two Brazilian Air Force (FAB) helicopters with dialysis equipment to Chile on an emergency basis, to assist with rescue operations following Saturday’s earthquake, the Institutional Security Cabinet (GSI) announced Tuesday. The two Blackhawk H60 helicopters will depart immediately, and the FAB will subsequently send Hercules aircraft to set up a field hospital in Chile with an operating room and an Intensive Care Unit. The Hercules planes that take the equipment for setting up the field hospital to Chile will then be used to bring back Brazilian citizens who have requested this assistance from the Brazilian embassy in Santiago, the GSI announced. The installation of a field hospital in Chile was announced Monday by Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who added that the hospital will remain in operation for the length of time that the Chilean authorities request. The GSI will decide on aid for Chile using the same model adopted for sending donations and assistance to Haiti, which also suffered a devastating earthquake in January. An FAB plane landed in São Paulo Tuesday with thirty Brazilian citizens who had been stranded in Chile as a result of the earthquake. The government still does not know whether any Brazilians were among those killed by the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated the country early Saturday. According to official estimates, around twelve thousand Brazilians live in Chile.