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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.

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