An RAF plane carrying aid has flown out today to help relief efforts following a devastating tropical cyclone in the South Pacific which has wiped out much of Vanuatu.
The package, containing 1,640 shelter kits and 1,900 solar lanterns with phone chargers, comes after the Government announced a £2m donation towards UN humanitarian aid efforts.
Cyclone Pam tore through the archipelago of islands with winds of up to 155mph and heavy rainfall causing widespread destruction. A C-17 transport plane flew out from RAF Brize Norton this morning bound for the Royal Australian Air Force base at Amberley, Australia, before linking up with international agencies.
A humanitarian expert from the Department for International Development has also been deployed to offer advice and assistance on field assessments, while the RAF crew will carry out support flights over several days.
The country's president Baldwin Lonsdale estimated the cyclone had destroyed or damaged 90% of the buildings in the capital of Port Vila.
The body of a soldier killed in Afghanistan is being flown back into RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire today.
Lance Corporal Jamie Webb served with 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment. His cortege will pass through Carterton on route to the John Racliffe Hospital.
VIDEO: Corporal David O'Connor from Havant in Hampshire and Corporal Channing Day from Swindon were repatriated at Brize Norton today. Both soldiers died following a gun battle in Helmand Province.
The bodies of Captain James Townley, from Tunbridge Wells, and Wiltshire based Sergeant Jonathan Eric Kups are being flown home today.
A private ceremony will be held at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire before they're taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital.
Capt Townley, 29, died in Camp Bastion from wounds sustained while serving at a forward operating base ast Friday.
His family said: "James was a wonderful, loving and caring son and brother. He was devoted to his girlfriend, Helen. He was our guardian angel and our hero. We were so proud of him."
Sgt Kups, a husband and father of three, died the same day. An electronics technician, the 38-year-old was described by his commanding officer as "a man of real substance".
In a statement, his family said: "Jonathan was a wonderful husband and loving father to three children.
He was a loyal man with a wide circle of friends, a devoted son, son-in-law, grandson and brother."
His children described him as "the best Dad: our hero".
The body of a soldier killed in Afghanistan has been flown back into RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
29 year old Stephen James Healey who served with the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh died after his vehicle struck a bomb in Helmand Province on Saturday.
This afternoon, his cortege passed the memorial garden in Carterton en route to the John Radcliffe Hospital.
Two Oxfordshire based soldiers are due to be repatriated to RAF Brize Norton later today.
Corp Andrew Roberts was killed alongside Priv Ratu Silibaravi during an indirect fire attack on their base in Nahr-e Saraj, Afghanistan, last Friday.
Both served in the 23 Pioneer Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, based in Bicester.