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Northern Ireland raises £160,000 for Typhoon Haiyan appeal in one day

By Rebecca Black

Northern Ireland donated £160,000 towards the Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) Philippines Typhoon Appeal in just 24 hours.

In total, some £13m has been raised by the DEC appeal, which brings together 14 UK charities, including the Red Cross, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Oxfam and Save the Children.

The funds raised are described as going directly to help the more than 11 million people affected by the powerful typhoon which devastated parts of the Philippines.

Hundreds of thousands of people have had their homes damaged or destroyed, and are in desperate need of food, water and shelter.

DEC chief executive Saleh Saeed said the initial public response has been "overwhelming".

"Much of the money donated will be needed to pay for work by emergency teams on the ground who are providing essentials such as food, water and temporary shelter," he said.

"It's clear that people are getting desperate. It's vital that we continue to respond to their needs, and that the UK public continues to give."

"The £13m does not include the Government's pledge to match donations pound for pound up to £5m – for which we are really grateful."

  • To make a donation to the typhoon appeal visit www.dec.org.uk, call the 24-hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque. You can also donate £5 by texting the word SUPPORT to 70000.

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