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Typhoon Haiyan aid appeal for victims now totals over £30m

By Laurence Dodds and Neil Lancefield

More than £30m has been raised by the Typhoon Haiyan charity appeal in just three days, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has revealed.

The alliance of 14 UK aid charities said its total had shot up from £23m as the public responded to the disaster, which has left thousands dead and many more homeless in the Philippines.

The funds will be used to deliver food, water and sanitation equipment, household items and building materials to rebuild essential infrastructure.

DEC chief executive Saleh Saeed said: "We are so grateful to the people of the UK for their generosity to date.

"The DEC member agencies and their partners are working on the ground to deliver essential aid.

"But the needs are so great, with hundreds of thousands of people displaced. People desperately need the basics of food, water and shelter. Money raised will go to delivering these essentials."

The typhoon a week ago devastated nine regions, with the country's national Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre counting 2,357 killed and 3,853 injured.

Yesterday morning an RAF cargo plane carrying heavy duty vehicles and medical supplies left RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire as part of Britain's emergency response to the disaster.

The aircraft is due to land in the Philippines by this morning.

Speaking at Brize Norton, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: "We have got to work with them to try and make sure that we provide the humanitarian support to the people on the ground now, and then work with them to try and get their infrastructure back up and running."

The Philippines government has defended its efforts to deliver aid.

Interior secretary Mar Roxas said: "In a situation like this, nothing is fast enough."

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