HMS Chatham and the repair ship Royal Fleet Auxiliary Diligence remain off the town of Batticaloa on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The ships have had work parties ashore, helping provide shelter for those whose homes were destroyed. A Royal Navy team has also worked to make wells safe to drink from again, clearing debris from the shafts, pumping out salt water contamination left behind by the tsunami, then testing the water rigorously to ensure it is potable. The Secretary of State for International Development, Hilary Benn MP, visited Batticaloa and the RN teams on 8 January.
Royal Air Force aircraft continue to deliver humanitarian aid and support equipment to Indonesia. Over 300 tonnes of equipment and aid has now been flown into the disaster area by the RAF C-17 and Tristar aircraft, with further cargoes on the way.