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Typhoon Haiyan: shoe box appeal to help children to take place in Birmingham

More than 6,000 people have died in the disaster
More than 6,000 people have died in the disaster Credit: ITV News

A shoe box appeal event will take place today in Birmingham to help children affected by Tyhpoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

More than 6,000 people have died in the disaster with 1.9 million people left homeless.

More than 500 shoe boxes full of tinned foods and clothes as well as toys and games will be packed today at the Al-Mahdi institute in Selly Oak as part of the appeal organised by Who is Hussain and Mercy in Action.

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£300,000 JCB donation to Philippines rescue effort

JCB has donated machines to past disasters, including the Asian tsunami in 2004 Credit: JCB

Staffordshire digger maker JCB has said it is donating more than £300,000 worth of machines and generators to help people affected by the Filipino typhoon disaster.

The company is sending a fleet of three loaders to aid the clear-up operations following Typhoon Haiyan.

In addition, more than 120 JCB electrical generators are being provided through the company's Filipino dealer Camec.

Midlands aid worker begins work in Philippines

by Sally Lockwood

It has been four days since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, and families in the Midlands are still waiting to hear if their loved ones are safe.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless since the storm - and aid workers from the region are now being mobilised to go and help.

Zaid Al-Rawni is due to land in the Philippines today.

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