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A year on from storm, donations are still helping

ON November 8, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever to make landfall, hit the Philippines. It killed thousands of people, wiped out entire villages and left four million homeless.

Roads, electricity and communications were cut off. In all, 14 million people were affected.

The huge humanitarian response saved thousands of lives as fast delivery of emergency relief prevented widespread hunger and outbreaks of disease.

This was only made possible by the generosity of the public - including by people in Northern Ireland.

As we approach the first anniversary of the disaster tomorrow I would like to say thank you to Belfast Telegraph readers.

Their contribution is helping to make a very real difference to poor and vulnerable people in the Philippines.

If your readers would like to donate to Oxfam, visit www.oxfamireland.org/donate, or donate unwanted clothes, homewares, DVDs, music, or books, at your local Oxfam shop.

JIM CLARKEN

Chief executive, Oxfam Ireland

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