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Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children in the Philippines are now homeless and without clean water or food in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Their situation is desperate.
With winds of 195mph, the typhoon was the largest storm ever recorded to make landfall and current reports indicate that upwards of 10,000 people may have lost their lives.
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"The DEC brings 14 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: Action Aid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly."
"As hundreds of thousands in the Philippines suffer amid stunning devastation, we are working nonstop to help survivors of super Typhoon Haiyan – possibly the worst storm ever recorded. A relief team is on the ground, and aid shipments are underway along with funding for urgent needs."
"Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, has struck the Philippines. Oxfam is ready to deploy water and sanitation materials to those affected."
"More than 10,000 people are feared dead and hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, ripped through the Philippines."
"Red Cross teams are already in the city of Tacloban in Leyte, which bore the brunt of the storm when it made landfall on Friday. But their efforts have been hampered by the destruction of communication and transport links, with many roads into the affected areas completely blocked."
Nichola Jones, British Red Cross delegate in Cebu said: "The typhoon has left total devastation in its wake - houses have been wiped out and entire towns affected. Trees are uprooted, power lines are down and there is severe flooding. We now fear that thousands of people may have lost their lives.”
"ShelterBox has teams in the Philippines responding to the disaster and we are moving emergency shelter and other vital aid already located in the Philippines and neighbouring countries to the worst affected areas."
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"Our teams are already in the Philippines, distributing sanitation equipment and establishing access to temporary sources of clean water but time is critical - please give generously."
"Super Typhoon Haiyan has caused significant damage in the Philippines. Death tolls are estimated to exceed 10,000. According to officials, the storm caused heavy damage to about 90% of the infrastructure and establishments in the areas it passed through. Donations to this fund will support relief and recovery efforts in the affected areas."