Philippines appeal reaches £39m

The Philippines typhoon appeal has reaches £39 million, the Disasters Emergency Committee has announced. British warship HMS Daring has arrived in the country as part of the UK's emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan.

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Families living with dead by taking shelter in cemetery

Money has been pouring into the joint appeal by British charities for the victims of the Philippines typhoon but those affected are still having to take shelter wherever they can.

Nine families are now living with the dead after they found sanctuary in a cemetery with children lying on tombs.

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ITV News Correspondent Angus Walker reports from Tacloban:

Read: A turning point reached ten days after Typhoon Haiyan

A turning point reached ten days after Typhoon Haiyan

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Ten days on from the typhoon and you get the sense that we have reached some sort of turning point.

Angus Walker in Tacloban City. Credit: ITV News

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There is certainly more aid getting through, I was down in the city centre watching as families were given two kilos of rice and a large bottle of water each and that is certainly better than the situation just a few days ago.

However, there is still no power in Tacloban, still no running water in people's homes and there are still people living in absolutely dreadful conditions.

The latest UN figures suggest there are 350,000 people in evacuation centres and four million people scattered across this entire region.

They need a lot of help, roads need to be cleared but you get the sense that things are starting to get better.

Read: The Philippine 'ghost town' that the aid planes forgot

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DEC Philippines typhoon appeal reaches £39 million

Around four million people have been displaced from their homes Credit: Reuters

Donations to help the survivors of the Super Typhoon Haiyan has reached £39 million.

Over 11 million people have been affected by the disaster, with around four million people displaced from their homes.

DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said the organisation had been left "completely overwhelmed" by the compassion of the British public.

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Ninety-five tonnes of aid departs for Philippines

A plane loaded with more than 95 tonnes of aid has left the UK as part of Britain's response to Typhoon Haiyan.

The aircraft left East Midlands Airport for the Philippines late yesterday evening, International Development Secretary Justine Greening wrote on Twitter.

Ground staff load equipment onto a Boeing 747 at East Midlands Airport headed for Cebu in the Philippines, to help aid the relief effort Credit: PA Wire.

A British Airways jet is also expected to leave the UK this morning after offering aid agencies including Oxfam, Save the Children and Unicef the aircraft to fly emergency supplies to the disaster zone.

The latest aid delivery comes after HMS Daring arrived in the Philippines yesterday as it gets ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the worst-hit areas.

Read: The Philippine 'ghost town' that the aid planes forgot

Isolated communities yet to receive aid after typhoon

The Philippines is facing up to the task of rebuilding after Typhoon Haiyan - which killed close to 4,000 people.

Many isolated communities are yet to receive significant aid, despite a huge international relief effort and there are fears disease could take a hold on those trying to survive.

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ITV News Correspondent Angus Walker reports:

Watch: New video shows power of typhoon as it struck Philippines

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New video shows power of typhoon as it hit Philippines

The power of Typhoon Haiyan as it ripped through the Philippines last week was captured on film by an aid worker in Eastern Samar.

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Read: TV and pop stars join celebrity Philippines appeal

Plan Philippines Community Development worker Nickson Gensis was near badly-affected Tacloban when the storm approached last Friday and he and five others took refuge in the top floor of a boarding house.

His footage shows the storm completely wash away a house as winds of up to 170 mph battered the country.

While much of the boarding house he was in was flooded and destroyed, Mr Gensis was back on the job only a few hours after the winds subsided looking to deliver aid to survivors.

Read: The Philippine 'ghost town' that the aid planes forgot

TV and pop stars join celebrity Philippines appeal

Members of pop band One Direction and stars from TV's Downton Abbey and Strictly Come Dancing will join the host of celebrities who have already leant their support to the Typhoon Haiyan charity appeal.

A Filipino man is seen amongst the ruins of typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city in the Philippines.
A Filipino man is seen amongst the ruins of typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city in the Philippines. Credit: AA/ABACA/Press Association Images

The boyband will launch a special celebrity telethon via Twitter while other stars will answer calls from people donating to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Celebrities lending a hand at the phone-in at 4pm-7pm tomorrow will include broadcaster Andrew Marr, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, comedian Stephen Merchant and actors Alan Rickman, Joanne Froggatt and Allen Leech.

An area of devastation on a small island, taken by HMS Daring's Lynx helicopter.
An area of devastation on a small island, taken by HMS Daring's Lynx helicopter. Credit: LPHOT Keith Morgan/Royal Navy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The emergency fund has so far raised £35 million for the humanitarian effort in the Philippines, while Friday's annual Children in Need fundraiser, which raised a record amount, is donating £31 million to the appeal.

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HMS Daring's aid mission to Philippines

Families ask for help in the Philippines Credit: Fleet Photographic Unit

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.

The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan Credit: Fleet Photographic Unit
HMS Daring's Lynx helicopter Credit: Fleet Photographic Unit
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