Ninety-five tonnes of aid departs for Philippines

A plane loaded with more than 95 tonnes of aid has left the UK as part of Britain's response to Typhoon Haiyan.

The aircraft left East Midlands Airport for the Philippines late yesterday evening, International Development Secretary Justine Greening wrote on Twitter.

Ground staff load equipment onto a Boeing 747 at East Midlands Airport headed for Cebu in the Philippines, to help aid the relief effort Credit: PA Wire.

A British Airways jet is also expected to leave the UK this morning after offering aid agencies including Oxfam, Save the Children and Unicef the aircraft to fly emergency supplies to the disaster zone.

The latest aid delivery comes after HMS Daring arrived in the Philippines yesterday as it gets ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the worst-hit areas.