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Birmingham aid worker returns home from Philippines

A boy sits in the wreckage that was his home Credit: Islamic Relief

A month on from one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded hitting the Philippines, and an aid worker who flew out to help with the the initial emergency relief has returned home to Birmingham.

A house in ruins Credit: Islamic Relief

Zaid Al-Rawni captured some of the things he saw out there on camera, and says there is so much more to do to help the relief effort. He intends to return to the Far East again in the next few weeks.

These pictures were taken 3 days after the typhoon hit Credit: Islamic Relief

Government praises generosity of Brits as flight prepares to leave EMA

A flight loaded with more than 95 tonnes of UK aid is getting ready to leave East Midlands Airport for the Philippines this evening, Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, has praised the 'huge generosity' of the British people.

Ministers have chartered a flight to take supplies including fork lift trucks, fuel tanks and a Land Rover defender to the country, where 3,600 people have died and more than 500,000 have been left homeless after Typhoon Haiyan.


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Greening hails British public's 'huge generosity'

As a flight loaded with more than 95 tonnes of UK aid prepares to leave East Midlands Airport for the Philippines later today, International Development Secretary Justine Greening hailed the "huge generosity" of the British people.

HMS Daring's arrival is a major boost to DFID's disaster experts and medical teams already deployed in the Philippines. This Royal Navy vessel will help us open a lifeline and allow us to help many more victims of the disaster.

More British help is on its way. This latest flight will be full of medical supplies, water tankers and forklifts to get aid moving and help clear bottlenecks at the airports.

The British people have shown huge generosity over the past days and DFID is working with charities to make sure all their donations get to those who need it most.

– International Development Secretary Justine Greening

HMS Daring, which landed in the typhoon-ravaged country this morning, will now be used to load, transport and distribute 500 shelter kits onto previously-identified islands along with 10 tonnes of high-energy biscuits.

£300,000 JCB donation to Philippines rescue effort

JCB has donated machines to past disasters, including the Asian tsunami in 2004 Credit: JCB

Staffordshire digger maker JCB has said it is donating more than £300,000 worth of machines and generators to help people affected by the Filipino typhoon disaster.

The company is sending a fleet of three loaders to aid the clear-up operations following Typhoon Haiyan.

In addition, more than 120 JCB electrical generators are being provided through the company's Filipino dealer Camec.

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Midlands aid worker begins work in Philippines

It has been four days since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, and families in the Midlands are still waiting to hear if their loved ones are safe.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless since the storm - and aid workers from the region are now being mobilised to go and help.

Zaid Al-Rawni is due to land in the Philippines today.