Philippines typhoon appeal has raised £55m in nine days

The Disasters Emergency Committee launched the appeal on 12 November to help people affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Disasters Emergency Committee appeal
Disasters Emergency Committee appeal

Donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal to raise money for people affected by Typhoon Haiyan have passed £55m in just nine days, the DEC has announced.

Last week, the DEC announced that the appeal had exceeded £13m in the first 24 hours – more than for the Haiti earthquake appeal in 2010 after the same period, which went on to raise £107m and is the DEC’s second most successful campaign.

The tsunami earthquake appeal in December 2004, which raised £392m, is the DEC’s most successful appeal, followed by the appeals following the Haiti earthquake and the east Africa crisis of 2011.

Each DEC appeal runs for six months.

Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee, said: "Survivors of the disaster desperately need a huge amount of help both now and in the months to come, so this money will literally support people to rebuild their lives."

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