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First Burma aid plane to leave UK

The first flight from the UK carrying aid to Burma is due to leave from East Midlands airport - 12 days after a cyclone devastated the country.

The flight, chartered by Cornwall-based charity Shelterbox, will contain 1,000 boxes containing tents, mosquito nets, tools and water purifying tablets.

Other flights chartered by British aid organisations have been leaving from overseas locations.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Cyclone appeal has now raised 6m.

Shelterbox has received permission from the Burmese government for the plane to land at Yangon airport on Thursday.

Two American Shelterbox staff, who have obtained visas, will be on the flight along with 1,000 shelter boxes.

The United Nations estimate that over a million survivors are yet to receive help, and concerns are mounting amid predictions that another cyclone is forming off Burma's coast.

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Added: May-14-2008 
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