Venezuela ‘ready for aid,’ says Maduro after Red Cross meeting

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday that it is poised to deliver aid to Venezuela, warning that it will not accept any interference from President Nicolas Maduro or opposition leader Juan Guaido. (AP)
Updated 10 April 2019
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Venezuela ‘ready for aid,’ says Maduro after Red Cross meeting

  • “We confirm our readiness to establish cooperation mechanisms for international assistance and support,” Maduro wrote on Twitter
  • Venezuela has been plunged into a deep political crisis, with opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaiming himself acting president in January

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday the country was ready to receive international aid following a meeting in Caracas with the global Red Cross chief.
“We confirm our readiness to establish cooperation mechanisms for international assistance and support,” Maduro wrote on Twitter.
The president, who denies that the current situation in Venezuela can be described as a humanitarian crisis, reiterated after the meeting that collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) should respect “the Venezuelan legal order.”
An ICRC delegation led by its president Peter Maurer has been in the South American country since Saturday and is due to finish its visit on Wednesday.
The ICRC said last Friday in a statement it was “concerned by the serious impact that the current situation has on Venezuelans, especially those who do not have access to basic services.”
Venezuela has been plunged into a deep political crisis, with opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaiming himself acting president in January.
He has since been recognized by more than 50 countries, including the United States, which wants Nicolas Maduro to step down.
With its crude exports collapsing and international sanctions piling up, Venezuela’s oil economy has crumbled. Malnutrition and disease are on the rise as living conditions plummet.
Maduro blames the country’s problems on US sanctions, while Guaido says they are down to corruption and poor governance.
According to the United Nations, nearly a quarter of the 30 million Venezuelans need urgent help.
A UN report said 3.7 million people are malnourished, and at least 22 percent of children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition.


Pakistan train collision kills at least three

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Pakistan train collision kills at least three

  • Baloch said the crash occurred on the main railway track and that train services from Karachi were suspended while the wreckage was being removed
  • Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where railways have seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment

KARACHI: At least three people were killed and several others injured when two trains collided in Pakistan's southern Sindh province on Thursday, officials said.
A driver, assistant driver and a guard were killed when a passenger train travelling to Lahore from the southern port city of Karachi hit a goods train that had stopped at a crossing, railway spokesman Riaz Abbasi told AFP.
Ishaq Baloch, a railway official confirmed the death toll and told AFP that an investigation has been launched to determine the causes of the collision.
Baloch said the crash occurred on the main railway track and that train services from Karachi were suspended while the wreckage was being removed.
All passengers on the train were safe, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, the country's minister for railways told private TV channel ARY.
Video footage on local media showed the damaged engine and bogies of the trains and rescue workers and hundreds of people gathering to rescue the injured.
Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where railways have seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment.