Aid agencies have launched a joint emergency appeal to get food, water and shelter to victims of the devastating Philippines typhoon. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), said its members were already responding but the scale of the destruction meant there was "huge unmet need".
The British Government is also sending support in the form of destroyer HMS Daring. HMS Daring and her crew will provide humanitarian assistance, helicopter lift from one on-board Lynx and engineering and first-aid expertise. She also carries equipment to make drinking water from seawater.
DEC said a "huge injection" of funds is needed to get aid through to victims after the typhoon made roads impassable and put airports out of action. About 10,000 people are thought to have been killed after the typhoon, said to be the strongest ever to make landfall, hit the Asian nation.
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