Helicopter lifts vital supplies to stranded farms
A heavy-lift RAF Chinook helicopter has begun dropping aid packages to farms left stranded by heavy snowdrifts in the North.
The crew took off from Aldergrove yesterday afternoon, with a cargo load of feed bales, for the worst-hit areas in the Glens of Antrim.
The relief mission brought much-needed aid to farmers who are struggling in the worst conditions in living memory. Up to 10,000 animals are feared to have perished.
Yesterday the North's Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill revealed she had also sought help from the Irish Air Corps. She said she would press for a hardship payment for farmers at the next Executive meeting.