Woman's Philippines search

The Y Byd Ar Bedwar team have been out to the Philippines to follow a woman, who grew up in Wales, trying to find her family in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Welsh woman's bid to find family after Typhoon Haiyan

It's now just over two weeks since Typhoon Haiyan battered the Philippines, leaving over 5,000 dead and millions homeless.

The United Nations believes that over 13 million people have been affected by one of the most ferocious storms on record, and the call for international aid continues.

Our reporter Sian Morgan travelled to the Philippines capital Manilla and onto one of the worst affected communities of Tacloban with a Welsh woman who has family in the area.

Over £1m raised in Wales for Typhoon Appeal

Donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Philippines Typhoon Appeal have topped £60m since the launch two weeks ago, with £1,149,000 raised in Wales.

Over 13 million people have been affected by the devastating typhoon.

The support of the British public over the last two weeks has been astounding in helping us reach another milestone figure. People across the UK have dug deep into their pockets to help some of the millions of people affected by this terrible tragedy.

Such generosity is enabling our member agencies to respond quickly and effectively with immediate aid in some of the worst hit areas, supplying food, water and medical care, and also to begin planning their recovery efforts over the next few months.

But whilst we are hugely grateful for such widespread support, the scale of need remains enormous and I would urge people to keep donating. Millions of people are in need of immediate help, lives and livelihoods have been destroyed and efforts to rebuild the worst affected areas could take years.

– Julian Rosser, Chair of DEC Cymru

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Pupils pack aid parcels on Cebu

The headteacher of Cebu International School in the Philippines, originally from Bridgend, is coordinating his own typhoon relief effort. Pupils at the school have been busy packing aid parcels to be sent north of Cebu City to those who've yet to receive aid after typhoon Haiyan hit.

Pupils of Cebu International School pack aid parcels Credit: Neil Walton
Food parcels prepared ahead of distribution Credit: Neil Walton
Pupils help load up aid parcels ready to be distributed Credit: Neil Walton
Bags of food ready to be distributed Credit: Neil Walton

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Pictures: Typhoon-damaged Cebu

Neil Walton from Bridgend has sent these photos showing the devastation inflicted by typhoon Haiyan on Cebu in the Philippines. He is coordinating a relief effort from Cebu International School, of which he is headteacher. He is travelling north of Cebu City distributing aid parcels.

Battered palm trees in Cebu Credit: Neil Walton
Fierce winds of nearly 200mph have devastated the landscape Credit: Neil Walton
Many homes were destroyed by typhoon Haiyan Credit: Neil Walton
Residents of Cebu are faced with having to re-build their homes Credit: Neil Walton
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