19 November 2013
More aid is reaching people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, as donations and funding to the British Red Cross after the disaster reach more than £10m.
The money includes over £5m given by members of the public to the British Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Appeal, and £5.9m of funding from the government’s Department for International Development.
The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has already given food to 12,000 households affected by the typhoon, which destroyed more than half a million homes, and is providing other supplies like tarpaulins and clean water.
The Movement has also sent aid workers with expertise in healthcare and emergency shelter, and is helping thousands of people search for missing loved ones.
Relief operations manager Pete Garratt said: “The generosity of the British public is truly amazing. Their support, and that of the government, will help us deliver urgent relief in the days ahead. It will also fund longer-term support as people rebuild their lives.
“£10m is an amazing figure, but the devastation is staggering and the people of the Philippines are still in desperate need of help. Please give what you can.”