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Philippines Typhoon Haiyan aid tops £30 million mark

Charities pull together as officials estimate the final death toll could be more than 10,000 while Britain send an RAF cargo plane to help the aid relief

RAF ground crew load emergency supplies including JCB diggers and Land Rovers to an RAF C-17 transport plane before heading to Philippines to help aid the relief effort

Over £30 million has been raised by the Typhoon Haiyan charity appeal in just three days, it has been revealed.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an alliance of 14 UK aid charities, said the total had shot up from £23 million at noon yesterday.

The typhoon a week ago devastated nine regions in the Philippines with the country's national Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre counting 2,357 killed and 3,853 injured.

However, some officials estimate the final toll, when the missing are declared dead and remote regions are reached, will be more than 10,000.

At least 600,000 people have been displaced by the disaster, many of them homeless.

The DEC funds will be used to deliver food, water and sanitation equipment, household items and building materials to rebuild essential infrastructure after the Typhoon left thousands dead and many more homeless.

DEC chief executive Saleh Saeed said: "We are so grateful to the people of the UK for their generosity to date. The DEC member agencies and their partners are working on the ground to deliver essential aid.

"But the needs are so great, with hundreds of thousands of people displaced. People desperately need the basics of food, water and shelter. Money raised will go to delivering these essentials and it's important we continue to provide this help."

This morning an RAF cargo plane carrying heavy duty vehicles and medical supplies left RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire as part of Britain's emergency response to the disaster.

The huge C-17 transport plane was carrying two JCB diggers, two Land Rovers and a forklift truck emblazoned with stickers reading "UK aid from the British people".

The aircraft, being operated by No 99 Squadron, is due to land in the Philippines by tomorrow morning.

The arrival came as Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious was also being sent there.

The vessel, which was taking part in exercises in the Gulf, will arrive in the disaster zone to support the humanitarian operation by November 25, replacing HMS Daring, which had already been deployed.

 

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