Helicopters from HMS Illustrious have begun to deliver aid, people and equipment to small Philippine islands devastated by Typhoon Haiyan over a fortnight ago.
The Portsmouth-based helicopter and commando carrier arrived in the region to the north of Panay on Monday and immediately began surveying nearby islands to assess their needs.
Recce teams were sent to three islands – Calagnaan, Canas and Bayas – and found extensive damage to homes and local infrastructure with little in the way of long term food supplies.
ITV Meridian presenter Amanda Piper has been speaking to Commander Kerry Harris of HMS Illustrious, as the ship continues to provide aid to the Philippines. The vessel arrived in the country on Monday 25th November.
Its crew are expected to still be in the Philippines over Christmas, assisting with the crisis relief effort after Typhoon Haiyan.
HMS Illustrious is about to arrive in the Philippines to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. The ship is loaded with 500 tonnes of supplies, including rice and water containers.
Illustrious also carries equipment which can turn sea water into drinking water. HMS Daring is already in the country helping the relief effort.
The Portsmouth-based destroyer HMS Daring is in the Philippines helping those who have been devastated by the Typhoon.
125 shelter packs provided by The Department for International Development (DFID) - each containing four family sized kits and nearly 1000 litres of fresh drinking water - have been distributed to communities on Canas, Calagnaan and Tulunanaun islands to the north east of the island of Panay.
Video from HMS Daring. The Portsmouth-based ship's medical team has been working on remote islands. Supplies, including shelter kits, are being provided.
A former Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance doctor has flown to the Phillipines to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Dr Amy Hughes and Professor Tony Redmond are leading a 12-strong UK medical and surgical team from the UK International Emergency Trauma Register.
They arrived in the capital Manila on Thursday (November 14th) before heading south west to the island of Cebu, the north of which suffered damage from the typhoon.
Volunteer's at St Patrick House in Woolston, Southampton, have been packing donations to send to the Philippines. Organisations throughout the region are asking people to donate canned food and clothes.
Portsmouth warship HMS Daring has today loaded her stores at Cebu port with lifesaving humanitarian aid and is on her way to Philippine islands that have been without help since Typhoon Haiyan struck. The flight crew flew their Lynx helicopter on six recces of remote areas for signs of destruction.
From the images that came back, the command team have now identified several areas that are desperately in need of aid. Aerial imagery taken from the Lynx show flattened housing, scattered possessions, large vessels blown onto shorelines and the word ‘help’ spelt out in palm leaves on the beach.
HMS Daring will "help get donations to those who need it" in typhoon-hit areas of the Philippines, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has said.
She wrote on Twitter:
HMS Daring has arrived in the Philippines as part of the UK's emergency response to the disaster.
The Type 45 destroyer and her crew have docked at the island of Cebu ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, the Department for International Aid and Development said.
They have spent the last three days carrying out reconnaissance work in and around the Philippines, using a helicopter to survey the areas which have not yet been reached by international relief teams.
The Lynx helicopter will now be used to fly shelter kits, food and medical supplies to those remote areas.