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ShelterBoxes direct from Cornwall arrive in Haiti

ShelterBoxes being loaded at Newquay Airport
The 40 tonnes of aid was flown from Cornwall

Hundreds of boxes of aid flown out from Newquay Airport by a Cornish charity have arrived in Haiti to help earthquake victims.

The 700 ShelterBoxes were flown from Cornwall to the Dominican Republic before being taken on to Haiti, where they arrived on Saturday evening.

The 40 tonnes of aid will provide shelter for 7,000 people.

Charity volunteers are distributing the aid, working with Dutch and US armed forces, ShelterBox said.

The boxes were flown in a specially chartered Airbus which took off from Newquay on Wednesday afternoon.

Each ShelterBox contains a 10-person tent, blankets, water purification and cooking equipment, tools, a stove and other essential survival equipment.

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