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3 Swedish Aid Planes Bound for Haiti this Weekend

Published lördag 16 januari 2010 kl 11.02
The US military is helping deliver aid as it arrives from all over the world

A plane took off from Sweden's Arlanda airport today bound for Haiti with relief equipment and personnel from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency which is setting up a base camp for UN personnel in the quake-hit country.

Three aircraft in total will leave for Haiti this weekend as Sweden sets up a base camp there with help from its Nordic neighbours. The MSB agency says that around 20 Swedes, including electricians and sanitation specialists, will be deployed for this task.

Finland, Denmark and Norway are also providing material for the camp, along with Estonia.

Control of the airport in Haiti has now been handed over to the American military who will help deal with aid planes arriving from all over the world.

However the BBC reports that much of the aid - medical supplies, blankets and tents - is still sitting on the runway in Port-Au-Prince.

Meanwhile, a Swedish businessman says he's donating 100 million kronor (14.1 million us dollars) to a children's charity organisation to help some of the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

The Svenska Dagbladet newspaper reports that Roger Akelius, through his Akelius foundation, will give his donation to children's charity SOS barnbyar to be spread over a 25 year period. The charity's general secretary Marcus Norberg told the SVD "It's the biggest donation we've ever had."

The benefactor, who lives in the Bahamas, says his money will go to helping educate 400 children from two villages in Haiti.

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