Aid begins to reach typhoon-hit Philippines

Long delayed emergency aid supplies for the typhoon-ravaged Philippines has begun to reach the desperate families who spent days trying to fend for themselves.

Residents receive medical aid from the Philippine Red Cross outside their temporary shelters in Tacloban.
Residents receive medical aid from the Philippine Red Cross outside their temporary shelters in Tacloban. Credit: Reuters

More than a week after Typhoon Haiyan killed at least 3,633 people, hundreds of international aid workers set up makeshift hospitals and trucked in supplies.

A girl receives a Tetanus immunity injection at a church that became a homeless shelter in Tacloban.
A girl receives a Tetanus immunity injection at a church that became a homeless shelter in Tacloban. Credit: Reuters

The United Nations has more than doubled its estimate of homeless to nearly two million, while relief officials reported a surge in desperate survivors trying to leave the coastal city of Ormoc, 65 miles west of Tacloban.

A woman sells salt and eggs along a main street in the Typhoon Haiyan devastated town of Palo, near Tacloban.
A woman sells salt and eggs along a main street in the Typhoon Haiyan devastated town of Palo, near Tacloban. Credit: Reuters

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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.