Aircraft carrying humanitarian aid from Venezuela and Ecuador landed in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba to ease the damage and suffering left by Hurricane Sandy, Cuban state television said Tuesday.

More than 45 tons of food products were brought by the fifth Venezuelan plane to fly into Santiago, devastated by the hurricane that caused immense damage to homes, agriculture, production facilities and social services.

This donation included pastas, refined white sugar, peas and lentils, according to the official news agency AIN.

Another aircraft sent by the Ecuadorian government landed in Santiago de Cuba with nine tons of food rations, hygiene and cleanup units, purifiers for drinking water, shovels, medicines, and blankets plus sacks of polypropylene for makeshift beds.

The ambassador of Ecuador in Cuba, Edgar Ponce, told the press that this is a modest contribution from his country for the tasks of recovery, because "it's our duty to be present in such a bad situation."

Other countries including Bolivia, Russia and Brazil have also sent donations. EFE