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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RAF crew in Philippines 'the envy of the squadron'

The pilot who flew the RAF C-17 cargo plane from where it was refuelled in Singapore to the Philippines said the crew were "the envy of the squadron" being selected to bring the first aircraft in.

RAF ground crew unload emergency supplies of JCB diggers and Land Rovers from a C-17 transporter plane at Cebu airport in the Philippines. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Squadron Leader David Blakemore said, "Hopefully there will be a few more missions and we'll be able to support the Philippine people over the coming weeks with the aid effort".

A pilot during the approach of the C-17 transporter plane carrying aid into Cebu airport in the Philippines. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

"The RAF and MoD [Ministry of Defence] are extremely proud to be taking part in the aid effort", he continued.

The RAF C-17 plane two JCB diggers, two Land Rovers and a forklift truck. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

"The rapid response capability that the C-17 brings is the heavy lift. This is really our bread and butter to be able to help out a nation in need".

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