LAND-ROVERS sent from Kong Kong picked up sick and dying refugees returning to Rwanda, aid workers said yesterday. The five vehicles are the first aid to be deployed from Hong Kong donations. Aid workers said the four-wheel-drive wagons would mainly distribute water, but would be used also for other jobs. The first Land-Rover was sent across the border yesterday morning from Goma in Zaire to a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) emergency hospital. The 200-bed hospital at Gisenyi, about five kilometres into Rwanda, is mainly treating refugees returning from camps in Goma. MSF's medical co-ordinator in Rwanda, Mieke Van Driel, said the hospital was desperately short of transport. ''This vehicle is going to be very, very useful because we have been trying for vehicles for so long,'' she said yesterday morning. The Land-Rover would ferry water from the 682-litre cistern in a trailer also sent from Hong Kong. On return trips to the hospital it would collect refugees too sick to continue their trek back from Goma. The four other Land-Rovers, each equipped with a three-quarter-tonne trailer, were due to be deployed from Goma late yesterday. MSF workers said the vehicles would be used for distributing food and medicine as well as water. ''The most important thing is to provide water because that is what people with dysentery and cholera need most. But we will also pick up the severe cases we find and bring them to the nearest aid health post,'' Ms Van Driel said. A local hospital driver and a foreign aid worker tested the first Land-Rover and pumps and hoses fitted to the trailer. MSF staff said they hoped to have it in use yesterday afternoon. Antibiotics, soap, blankets and other aid sent with the Land-Rovers in a 50-tonne consignment from Hong Kong also will be distributed. It was air-freighted to Uganda by Cathay Pacific and flown to Goma by the US Air Force. In Hong Kong, aid workers renewed their appeal yesterday for donations. More than $10.5 million has been given, but the need for help is still urgent. ''I am afraid the problems will not go away in two or three weeks. We still need every $10 note and I know it's not asking for anything concrete, but it is still the most practical way to help,'' said MSF Hong Kong spokesman Fiona MacMahon. WHERE TO SEND YOUR DONATIONS Hong Kong Red Cross Rwanda Relief Fund: Send cheques to 33 Harcourt Road or lodge money in Hongkong Bank account 567-650155-020, Bank of East Asia account 514-40-40040-8 or Hang Seng Bank 267-180123-001. Medecins Sans Frontieres Hong Kong Limited: Send cheques to GPO Box 5803 or transfer money to Hongkong Bank account 511-119034-001. Oxfam-Rwanda: GPO Box 8428 or transfer donations to Hongkong Bank account 001-537000-005.