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JCB joins the relief effort

JCB has joined the relief effort in earthquake-affected parts of India and Pakistan by donating over £500,000 worth of machines.

The army will use four large 20-tonne excavators to clear roads and collapsed buildings in Pakistan and two JCB Backhoe loaders will be donated to help rescue and clearing work in India.

JCB Group chairman sir Anthony Bamford said: "We have a duty to help the people of Pakistan and India who have suffered so severely in this earthquake. I hope the machines can be used quickly to start rebuilding peoples lives."

JCB is working in conjunction with Oxfam throughout India with the machines supported by their Pakistan dealer, Blackwood Hodge.

The company has a history of donating construction equipment to grief stricken areas.

Machines worth over £1 million were donated to the Tsunami relief effort, while it also helped in Turkey after the 1999 earthquake.

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