The UK is providing urgent humanitarian support for up to 800,000 people in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which has affected more than 4 million people.
The Disasters and Emergencies Committee (DEC), which brings together 14 of the UK’s biggest charities, has launched an appeal for the victims of the typhoon.
You can donate to the Philippines Typhoon Appeal by visiting the DEC website.
Destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan to the coastal town of Ormoc city on western Leyte, Philippines. Picture: Arlynn Aquino EU/ECHO.
How the UK is helping
The UK’s total contribution in response to the disaster stands at £15 million. This will help get food, shelter and clean water to 800,000 people.
The UK will deploy a Royal Navy warship and a RAF military transport aircraft. They will help move vital humanitarian aid and large equipment to where it is needed.
Further UK support will include:
- flights delivering 4x4s, forklift trucks, water purification kits and cutting equipment to flood hit areas
- deployment of a team of 12 NHS staff trained to operate under emergency conditions
- provision of temporary shelters, bedding, blankets and solar lanterns
The Department for International Development has sent humanitarian experts to the Philippines to help coordinate the international response and ensure the protection of vulnerable women and children is prioritised.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
« We’ve all seen the appalling devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, with heart breaking scenes played across our TV screens. The Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal launch is a vital step to ensure aid agencies can provide essential relief to those most affected by this unprecedented disaster.
« I am proud that the British public have always shown an unfailing generosity for helping those in need and I know their response to this appeal will be no different. »