Typhoon appeal raises £44m

The Disasters Emergency Committee's Philippines Typhoon Appeal has now raised £44m, which includes over £90,000 raised directly from lastnight’s celebrity telethon at the BT Tower in London. Donations can also be made online at www.dec.org.uk.

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World Bank raises typhoon aid package to almost $1b

The World Bank has raised its financial aid package for the typhoon-hit Philippines to almost $1 billion (£600 million).

It has offered $480 million on top of the $500 million emergency loan it previously pledged to the country, to support relief and reconstruction in the central Philippines.

The top-up came as the death toll from the typhoon rose above 5,300, with more than 1,600 people still missing and around four million still homeless.

China sends hospital ship to Philippines after criticism

China's 'Peace Ark' pictured in 2011. Credit: Reuters

China is sending a state-of-the-art hospital ship to the Philippines following foreign and domestic criticism that it was slow and less than generous in its response to one of the world's biggest typhoons.

The Foreign Ministry in Beijing confirmed the deployment of the 14,000-tonne "Peace Ark" as state television reported the arrival of the first batch of Chinese relief supplies in the Philippines.

Exactly where the Ark will operate and when it will arrive have not yet been confirmed, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the Ark would set sail as soon as possible.

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DEC appeal: 590,000 typhoon victims reached

More than half a million people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines have received aid thanks to the "overwhelming" support of the British public.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said its aid agencies had reached some 590,000 survivors across the country as they provide much-needed clean water, food, medical care and materials for temporary shelter.

The Philippines Typhoon Appeal has raised a "staggering" £44 million in donations in little more than a week, the DEC said, which is helping to fund crucial aid in some of the worst hit parts of the islands.

"The generosity of the UK public has been overwhelming and will make a huge difference to people's lives," it added.

Lottery fund to donate £5m to typhoon relief

The Big Lottery Fund is donating up to £5 million to help the relief effort in the Philippines after the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

The organisation, which distributes funds for good causes raised through lottery ticket sales, said it will make the cash available to UK-based charities working with communities in the disaster-ravaged country.

More than 150,000 people backed a petition calling for a £12 million EuroMillions prize to be donated to the Disaster Relief Fund to help people in the Philippines.

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Amanda Holden: disaster 'impelled' me to help

Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden said she felt "impelled" by the images of disaster in the Philippines to help the aid appeal.

Speaking at today's telethon she said:

"It's the mums in tents with kids that always upsets me when any disaster strikes.

"At the weekend I said to my husband I need to get in Red Cross van and go there."

More stars lend support to aid appeal

Richard Madeley answering calls at BT Tower today Credit: PA

TV stars and celebrities are helping take donations from the public for the DEC's Philippines appeal.

ITV News presenter Natasha Kaplinsky was among those helping out Credit: PA

The telethon appeal is running from 4pm until 7pm and for a chance for their donation to be taken by a celebrity the public should call 0370 6060610.

ITV Sport presenter Adrian Chiles lending his support Credit: PA

One Direction launch telethon twitter appeal

One Direction's Liam Payne said: "The pictures I have seen of little children in between the ruins made my heart break.

"All of us in the band are shocked by how many people need help, so we're asking the public to continue to be as generous as they possibly can."

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