Friday, November 15, 2013

Water purification system among cargo to leave CFB Trenton Friday

A Canadian Forces water purification system and other aid is en route to the Philippines along with more members of the Disaster Assistance Reponse Team (DART).

Ten more personnel left CFB Trenton Friday evening bringing the total number of Canadians Forces members on the ground to roughly 200.

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson was in town to see them off.

"I know a lot of work and effort has gone into this already," he told the troops before they boarded their flight. "You have responded very very quickly to this terrible tragedy that has afflicted the Philippines. This is part of what we do as a county."

Three Griffon helicopters are also being prepped to be taken over in the coming days. Many roads are still impassable.

The official death toll from the disaster stands at more than 3600, with another 1200, including 55 Canadians, listed as missing. More than half a million people have been left homeless

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