UK pledges £15m more in typhoon aid

A village is destroyed on the northern tip of Cebu Province. Credit: Reuters

Britain is to contribute another £15 million towards helping the Philippines recover from the devastation wreaked by typhoon Haiyan, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

The aid boost - which takes the total UK contribution to £75 million - will help fund efforts to rebuild homes and get people back into jobs.

One of the biggest storms on record, Haiyan killed at least 5,700, destroyed or damaged the homes of six million people and directly affected another nine million.

Among reconstruction efforts being supported by the aid is the rebuilding of homes, schools and hospitals, the restoration of public services and employment programmes.

Efforts to revive the devastated rural economy include reconstructing irrigation systems, replanting coconut trees and re-establishing fisheries.