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Canadian team leaves the Philippines

The Canadian military relief team sent to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan is coming home.

The Defence Department says the Disaster Assistance Response Team has done its work and is preparing to leave the island nation.

The Philippine government says the immediate relief efforts are finished and that it can work on long-term needs with its own resources.

After the typhoon traced a path of destruction across the islands, Canada sent 315 military personnel to the Philippines.

They included engineers who cleared debris, opened roads and restored electrical power.

A water purification system provided thousands of litres of drinking water and medical teams assisted with injuries and in setting up assistance facilities.

The Canadian Press

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