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New Zealand flight departs for Tonga

Wellington, Jan 20 (UNI/Xinhua) A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules has departed Base Auckland Whenuapai for Tonga on Thursday carrying aid supplies, as the New Zealand aid efforts ramp up.
"The aircraft is carrying humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies, including water containers, kits for temporary shelters, generators, hygiene and family kits, and communications equipment," New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said in a statement.
The delivery of supplies will be contactless and the aircraft is expected to be on the ground for up to 90 minutes before returning to New Zealand, said Defense Minister Peeni Henare, adding Tonga is currently free of Covid-19 and operates strict border controls to keep the virus out.
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