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How the UK is helping people devastated by the super typhoon that hit the Philippines

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The UK is providing urgent humanitarian support for up to 800,000 people in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Thousands of people in remote communities have lost their homes and everything they own. They are completely exposed to the elements.


The UK is providing over £75 million in humanitarian support to help aid get through to hard to reach areas.

UK support includes:

  • the redeployment of HMS Daring and HMS Illustrious to the Philippines to join the aid effort
  • flights delivering 4x4s, forklift trucks, water purification kits, cutting equipment and other vital supplies to affected areas
  • the deployment of 21 NHS staff trained to operate under emergency conditions
  • temporary shelters, bedding, blankets and solar lanterns to people through the Rapid Response Facility
  • £30 million to support the UN and Red Cross emergency appeals for the Philippines, including a £3 million allocation to ensure women and girls are not disproportionally affected by the crisis, a £2 million allocation to allow UNICEF to increase nutrition provision and £1 million allocation to help 3,000 people to receive the tools and materials they need to rebuild their houses
  • a £5 million investment in resilience for up to 4 cities in the Philippines
  • additional £15 million to the early recovery effort

Latest news

UK pledges longer term support after Typhoon Haiyan (24 December 2013)

The UK is providing the money and expertise needed to start the longer term recovery of the Philippines and the restoration of livelihoods and buildings destroyed by the typhoon.

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HMS Illustrious completes Philippines aid mission (11 December 2013)

The Royal Navy vessel and her ship’s company have completed their task supporting the post-Typhoon Haiyan relief mission.

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HMS Illustrious continues Philippines aid effort (9 December 2013)

The 23,000-tonne carrier was deployed to the Philippines to assist with the relief effort in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan under the direction of the Department for International Development (DFID).

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Justine Greening: Update on the UK’s response to Typhoon Haiyan (29 November 2013)

Oral statement to Parliament by the Development Secretary on Britain’s support for the Philippines following the super typhoon.

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Helicopters begin delivery of aid to remote Philippine islands (27 November 2013)

Helicopters from HMS Illustrious have begun to deliver UK aid, personnel and equipment to small Philippine islands devastated by the typhoon.

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Previous announcements

For all announcements relating to the UK support to Typhoon Haiyan, see the Typhoon Haiyan news archive.

Views from the field

How you can help

The best way to help those hit by the crisis is to donate to the DEC appeal.

Donate to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal

Facts and stats

  • Typhoon Haiyan is the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall
  • Over £75 million in UK humanitarian support will help 800,000 people
  • Over 9 million people have been affected by the Typhoon
  • WFP estimates that 2.5 million people may be in need of emergency food aid
  • Reports suggest as many as 10,000 people may have been killed in the province of Tacloban alone. It will take time before the actual figures can be verified
  • More than 300,000 people are in 1,223 evacuation centres
  • More than 11,000 people are in host communities
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