Live updates

Govt: Philippines disaster of 'cataclysmic proportions'

International Development Minister Alan Duncan said the UK get assistance to the Philippines as quickly as possible Credit: ITV News

International development minister Alan Duncan has said the situation in the Philippines is a "disaster of cataclysmic proportions" after it was hit by a super typhoon.

He told ITV News: "This is absolutely as bad as it gets. We are looking at a disaster of cataclysmic proportions, so the whole world community now has to say 'it's all hands on deck'.

"In the UK we've already chartered five flights within 48 hours and we're going to get basic life-saving kit there as quickly as we possibly can".

Minister visits victims of Bangladesh factory collapse

International development minister Alan Duncan has been visiting injured survivors of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh.

Alan Duncan visits the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Bangladesh. Credit: DFID Bangladesh – Narayan Debnath

Read Laura Kuenssberg's blog: Government expects UK retailers to increase standards in Bangladesh

The CRP is helping victims of the factory collapse in Bangladesh. Credit: DFID Bangladesh – Narayan Debnath
The international development minister meets a patient. Credit: DFID Bangladesh – Narayan Debnath

Advertisement

Advertisement

Today's top stories