Brit volunteer in Manila describes distress and frustration as aid begins to trickle in

The DEC has issued an emergency appeal for survivors of the crisis. Photo: Twitter: DEC/OxfamGB

British man Tim Harding lives in Sunderland and was on holiday when super typhoon Haiyan hit.

He has been working to assist aid efforts from Manila for the past three days. Communicating with ITV News via social media, he describes the huge problems aid agencies are facing trying to reach those most in need.

Concern is mounting for public health, due to the possibilities of contracting diseases from dead bodies.

Water remains a concern due to contamination, and food price freezes have now taken effect - due to significant price hikes of fuel and staple foods.

Rescue efforts have now changed to attempting to control disease outbreaks.

Brits are among those volunteering in Manila to help survivors in the worst hit areas. Credit: Twitter: @Timhardinguk

Relief is starting to get through, but very slowly - the issue is not manpower but infrastructure - with airports and roads and communication streams majorly affected.

People are very distressed, but also frustrated. People are thankful to the international community and I have been thanked by a lot of Filipinos.

But overall there is a frustration at the lack of transport - with planes trying to do too much with too little.

There are only two Philippines planes currently operating.

The UK have sent support, and US Marines have as well, but it is still not enough.

There are simply too many affected areas and not enough planes - they need to parachute drop items in.