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JCB donates diggers to Haiti relief effort

Construction equipment manufacturer JCB has donated almost £100,000 worth of diggers to help the disaster relief effort in Haiti following Tuesday’s earthquake, which is feared to have killed as many as 100,000 people.

Two 3CX backhoe loaders are being donated by JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford in response to an appeal from relief agencies for foreign aid.

Sir Anthony said: “The scale of the devastation is unimaginable and it’s heart-rending to see the human suffering caused by the disaster. There is clearly a lack of equipment on the island and I hope our gift of JCB machines will help in some small way to alleviate that suffering and in the rebuilding in the aftermath of the earthquake.”

He said the machines were being made available to the US Government, which is taking a leading role in the relief effort on the Caribbean island following the earthquake, which measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale.