Philippines typhoon appeal raises more than £60m in two weeks

The Disasters Emergency Committee, which launched the appeal to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, says the response has been astounding

Disasters Emergency Committee appeal
Disasters Emergency Committee appeal

Donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal for people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines have passed £60m in two weeks.

The DEC, which is a coalition of 14 major UK humanitarian aid charities, launched the appeal with TV adverts on 12 November.

More than 13 million people have been affected by the typhoon, which struck the region on 8 November.

The DEC appeal following the Asian earthquake and tsunami in 2004, which raised £392m, is the organisation’s largest so far, followed by the Haiti earthquake appeal in 2010, which raised £107m. Each DEC appeal runs for six months.

Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the DEC, said the support from the public for the appeal had been astounding, but urged people to continue giving.

"Such generosity is enabling our member agencies to respond quickly and effectively with immediate aid in some of the worst-hit areas, supplying food, water and medical care, and also to begin planning their recovery efforts over the next few months," he said.  

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