HUEJOTZINGO, Puebla — The first six aircraft from the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena), left this morning loaded with food to supply the Diconsa stores in the Istmo and Costa de Oaxaca regions, from the Hermanos Serdán International Airport in Puebla.
In an interview before the departure of the aircraft, Social Development Secretary José Antonio Meade Kuribreña said that there will be over 600 tons of food in total which will be sent to the Diconsa stores on the Oaxacan coast, counting the flights from Puebla for their deployment apart from those over land from Guerrero.
This operation is equivalent to 15 days of consumption, 108 tons via air and 500 by land.
The C-130 Hercules Matricula 3616 aircraft loaded with approximately 18 tons of mainly corn, powdered milk, beans and canned goods, is the first of six that will fly Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
In the central valley region there are 90 percent of supplies, but in the coastal region the number is barely 30 percent, said Meade Kuribreña.
The flights will arrive in Huatulco and Puerto Escondido, where the food will be distributed to five rural warehouses for the benefit of 300,000 people.
Meade Kuribreña said that a quarter of Diconsa’s sales is corn and that “nothing should come before the basic needs” and lamented that the situation in Oaxaca is affecting the state’s population in this manner.
The costs for logistical changes are being absorbed by Diconsa and they are already monitoring the prevailing situation in Chiapas, he said.