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RFA Largs Bay leaves Southampton bound for Haiti


Some of the supplies were bought with donations from the British public

A Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship carrying aid supplies to Haiti to help with the earthquake relief effort has sailed from a Hampshire port.

RFA Largs Bay left Marchwood military port near Southampton on Wednesday.

It is carrying shelter material, support equipment to help rebuild the port in Port-au-Prince and 40 Land Rovers to help charity personnel.

As many as 200,000 people were killed and 1.5 million made homeless following the quake on 12 January.

The ship is being sent at the request of the UN, and the supplies have been provided by the Department for International Development (DFID), charities and non-governmental organisations.

Essential lifeline

Some of the goods has been purchased with donations from the British public.

The cargo includes corrugated iron for shelters and forklift trucks for the port, as well as vehicles to enable charity personnel to reach the worst affected areas of the region.

International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander said: "This ship will provide a lifeline of essential supplies to sustain the recovery effort over the coming weeks to keep Haiti running.

"Hundreds of thousands of people, many of them desperately poor to begin with, have been left with nothing.

"It will take many months for them to rebuild their lives and the international community stands ready to help."

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