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India sends aid for New Orleans
Loading the Indian air force plane
Supplies are loaded into the Ilyushin plane
India has dispatched an air force plane laden with 22 tonnes of relief supplies to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

India has already given the American Red Cross a donation of $5m to help relief efforts.

US officials now say that fears that up to 10,000 died in the disaster may be an overestimate.

The air force plane is expected to deliver its load on Monday after a first stop at Boston.

The Indian Ilyushin plane is carrying tarpaulins, blankets, personal hygiene kits and sheets, officials say.

Next week, a team of Indian divers and salvage experts is due to fly out to join US rescue workers.

India turned down offers of international help when its commercial capital, Mumbai (Bombay) and surrounding areas were battered by monsoon rains earlier this year that left hundreds dead.

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