Aid flight to leave EMA

A flight carrying aid supplies to the Philippines is due to leave East Midlands Airport today. The flight was originally meant to depart yesterday, but has been delayed.

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Government praises generosity of Brits as flight prepares to leave EMA

A flight loaded with more than 95 tonnes of UK aid is getting ready to leave East Midlands Airport for the Philippines this evening, Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, has praised the 'huge generosity' of the British people.

Ministers have chartered a flight to take supplies including fork lift trucks, fuel tanks and a Land Rover defender to the country, where 3,600 people have died and more than 500,000 have been left homeless after Typhoon Haiyan.

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Greening hails British public's 'huge generosity'

As a flight loaded with more than 95 tonnes of UK aid prepares to leave East Midlands Airport for the Philippines later today, International Development Secretary Justine Greening hailed the "huge generosity" of the British people.

HMS Daring's arrival is a major boost to DFID's disaster experts and medical teams already deployed in the Philippines. This Royal Navy vessel will help us open a lifeline and allow us to help many more victims of the disaster.

More British help is on its way. This latest flight will be full of medical supplies, water tankers and forklifts to get aid moving and help clear bottlenecks at the airports.

The British people have shown huge generosity over the past days and DFID is working with charities to make sure all their donations get to those who need it most.

– International Development Secretary Justine Greening

HMS Daring, which landed in the typhoon-ravaged country this morning, will now be used to load, transport and distribute 500 shelter kits onto previously-identified islands along with 10 tonnes of high-energy biscuits.

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