Aer Lingus plane carries Goal aid for the Philippines

40 tonnes of humanitarian aid includes emergency medical supplies, water, food and shelter materials

Goal aid for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan is seen being loaded onto a special Aer Lingus flight at Dublin airport this morning. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Goal aid for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan is seen being loaded onto a special Aer Lingus flight at Dublin airport this morning. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

 

An Aer Lingus flight carrying 40 tonnes of humanitarian aid from Ireland for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan departed from Dublin airport this morning.

The aid includes emergency medical supplies, water, food, shelter materials and other essential items and was organised in conjunction with aid agency Goal.

The aid will be flown to Dubai before its onward distribution to the Philippines.

“This aid will make an enormous difference to the people who urgently need our help in the Philippines,” said Goal chief executive Barry Andrews.

“We have already made contact with a number of trusted suppliers who will assist us in stocking the plane with food, water, shelter and other items, all of which are crucial to the aid response in the region right now.”

Mr Andrews thanked Aer Lingus for arranging the flight.