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Canada to deploy 2nd plane to aid typhoon-hit Philippines

11/13/2013 12:30 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
National Defence Minister Rob Nicholson says Canada will deploy a second plane as part of Canada’s aid contribution to the .

"Later on today [Wednesday], we will also be deploying a second CC177 Globemaster 3 from 8 Wing Trenton to begin moving additional personnel and equipment to the affected region," Nicholson said in Ottawa.

Nicholson was accompanied by Laureen Harper, the prime minister's wife, and representatives from the Canadian Red Cross.

Earlier in the day, Nicholson announced the deployment of a Canadian Red Cross 12-person medical team and a field hospital to provide urgently needed emergency health support in the Philippines.

At least 2,275 people were left dead and thousands injured after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last week, leaving a trail of destruction that has affected about 11 million people.

"To address the growing needs in this quickly evolving situation, we are working with the Canadian Red Cross to deploy an emergency field hospital and medical team to provide urgently needed health support services," Nicholson said in a news release.

DART available 'at a moment's notice'

Canada's military Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is in Hawaii, waiting for specifics on how and where it can help the typhoon-ravaged Philippines.

A Canadian reconnaissance team has been in the Philippines since Tuesday discussing with local officials on how best to provide aid.

Nicholson said the DART will be available "at a moment's notice" once the Canadian advance team has provided its assessment.

The advance team includes 17 Canadian Forces personnel and about a dozen civilians, mainly from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

A Canadian Forces C-17 left CFB Trenton for Hawaii on Monday carrying 43 members of the DART, along with their equipment.

Nicholson said the equipment includes ambulances, a forklift, a communications truck, as well as a fully supplied medical team.

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