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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  1. Angus Walker

Typhoon aid operation still feels improvised

Seven days on and the aid operation still feels a bit improvised at this stage.

There is a lot of aid stockpiled at the airport, but there are not a lot of trucks. You would expect a whole line of trucks being loaded up and coming in.

A ship that has been washed ashore in Tacloban, Philippines Credit: REUTERS/Bobby Yip

But there are signs of recovery. The roads are being cleared. The mobile phone network is working in some cases. There is a sense of life returning a little bit.

Catholic priest Father Martin stands in the destroyed Metropolitan Cathedral in the central Philippine city of Palo Credit: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Part of the problem is that anyone with any money or power or connections has left this place, and parts of it are starting to look like a deserted city.

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