Courtesy of the BBC

The Cornish charity ShelterBox has sent a disaster response team to the scene of an earthquake which struck central Italy earlier.

The workers will report back on the level of aid needed.

An initial 40 survival boxes containing tents, sleeping bags and cooking equipment are being sent out overnight from the charity’s Helston base.shelterbox

And as many as 50,000 people are feared to have been made homeless in the area around the medieval city of L’Aquila.

Toby Ash, from ShelterBox, said: “In earthquakes there tends to be a lot of movement, a lot of confused, displaced, homeless people not knowing what to do.

“There will be people wanting to help but not sure how to.

“We have sent an experienced team who can get emergency shelters up and deal with the immediate need.”

He said it would probably take between 24 and 48 hours to assess the full scale of the disaster and the ShelterBox team would liaise with the local emergency services on the ground.

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