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Aid effort begins.

International rescue and aid operations were launched last night to help earthquake survivors.

The Department of International Development said it was sending teams to help. Secretary of State for International Development Hilary Benn said they were doing all they could to offer practical help.

"We have already agreed to help fund the World Health Organisation's response team and we are looking to see if we can charter civilian helicopters to help in search and rescue operations in Sri Lanka," he said.

The International Rescue Corps said it was on standby to fly teams out to the countries hit by the giant wave.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 27, 2004
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