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Members of the advance party of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) load a C-177 Globemaster bound for Hawaii at Canadian Forces Base Trenton on Monday, November 11, 2013. Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team is being sent to the Philippines in the wake of last week's catastrophic typhoon. (Cpl. Levarre McDonald/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Members of the advance party of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) load a C-177 Globemaster bound for Hawaii at Canadian Forces Base Trenton on Monday, November 11, 2013. Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team is being sent to the Philippines in the wake of last week's catastrophic typhoon. (Cpl. Levarre McDonald/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Explainer: how Canada deployed the DART to the Philippines Add to ...

DART specializes in basic medical care, water purification, basic infrastructure repairs including roads and electricity, and streamlining communications systems for aid efforts. The full complement of the rapid-response team is 200 Canadian Forces personnel. DART is heading to Iloilo, one of two major cities on the island of Panay that was in the direct path of Typhoon Haiyan.

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