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New aid flights for typhoon areas

Six new British aid flights carrying more than 1,400 tents and other supplies will arrive in the Philippines this week, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced as she toured areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

The flights and the investment of £5 million to improve the ability of four cities in the country to withstand extreme weather events takes the UK Government's contribution to the relief effort to more than £55 million.

Ms Greening said the humanitarian efforts of the UK's armed forces and the Department for International Development (DfID) were already making a difference but "we will not stop here".

The death toll from the disaster has already risen above 5,000 in the Philippines and is likely to climb further.

Ms Greening said: " I have visited some of the worst-hit areas and heard from survivors who have lost everything. I have seen how DFfD and our military are delivering UK aid supplies to the most desperate parts of the Philippines and how our help is getting these people back on their feet.

"While we can be proud that UK kit and personnel are making a difference in the immediate term, we will not stop here.

"In the coming months the UK will be working hard to help build a better future for all the people of the Philippines, including girls and women who are often the ones who suffer disproportionately in the wake of crises like this."

The six new aid flights arriving over the next six days will carry supplies including 22,000 plastic sheets, 23,000 tarpaulins, 3,000 cooking sets and 17,000 blankets.


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