Military personnel have been drafted in to help the recovery effort in Aberdeenshire in the wake of Storm Arwen.

The Ministry of Defence said 134 personnel were deployed on Thursday to support the ongoing operation.

They will focus on welfare checks in communities still badly affected.

There are still more than 2,000 SSEN customers in the north east of Scotland who have now spent six nights without power.

The power company has described the storm damage as a “once in a generation event”.

Aberdeenshire Council said it had approached the UK Government for military assistance.

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