ShelterBox flies 40 tonnes of additional aid to Haiti from Newquay, Cornwall

Forty tonnes of emergency aid is being flown to Haiti from Newquay Cornwall Airport as ShelterBox’s massive aid operation to the earthquake-stricken country continues.

Enough emergency shelter for 7,000 people will be loaded onto a chartered Airbus A300 today, Wednesday, January 20, to be flown directly to Port au Prince Airport or nearby Santa Domingo to be transferred immediately to the devastated island.

The first aid from the international disaster relief charity arrived in Port au Prince on Monday with hundreds more ShelterBoxes scheduled to have land on a chartered flight from Miami yesterday. Disaster relief tents have already been used to build an emergency field hospital at Port au Prince airport.

Because of the logistical nightmare of getting aid into Haiti, ShelterBox has used a variety of means to get aid into the island including flying boxes on a Red Cross plane from France and on Virgin Atlantic flights via London Heathrow. So far, 1,700 ShelterBoxes have been dispatched.

Securing a chartered aircraft for 700 more ShelterBoxes means thousands of people in Haiti left homeless by last week’s devastating earthquake will be receiving disaster relief tents and other emergency supplies essential for survival.

ShelterBox’s Founder and CEO Tom Henderson said: ‘In terms of logistics, the aid operation in Haiti has been ShelterBox’s most challenging in the last decade, with only one airport on the island which has been shut until recently and the port shut as well.

‘As food, water and medicines are now starting to get in, the focus now is fulfilling the urgent need for emergency shelter.’

To add to the logistical problems of delivering aid in Haiti, the airfield has only been operating during daylight hours and there has been a shortage of aviation fuel.

Richard Thomasson, Airport Operations Manager at Newquay Cornwall Airport said: ‘The Airport is delighted to be supporting ShelterBox in sending aid to Port au Prince. ShelterBox plays a crucial role in such catastrophes and we are happy to facilitate such aid flights to assist in this process directly from Cornwall.

Reported from http://www.shelterbox.ca

 

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