Philippines typhoon appeal has now raised £90m

The Disasters Emergency Committee, which coordinates the appeal, says it is now the third-highest amount for a single appeal in its 50-year history

Filippinos getting aid
Filippinos getting aid

The Disasters Emergency Committee’s Philippines typhoon appeal has raised £90m in the three months since it was launched.

The DEC said the total raised so far was the third-highest for any appeal in its 50-year history.

The appeal for the 2004 Asian tsunami raised £392m; the appeal for the Haiti earthquake in 2010 raised £107m.

The DEC said its 14 member agencies and their partners had reached more than four million people with aid since Typhoon Haiyan first made landfall at Guiuan on the island of Samar on 8 November, causing a storm surge of 25ft in some areas.

As of 14 January, the official government death toll was 6,201 dead and 1,785 missing.

The appeal, which raised £60m in its first two weeks, will continue to fundraise until May.

Internationally, members of the Emergency Appeals Alliance, including the DEC, have raised £188m through appeals in countries around the world.

But overall the international response to the typhoon is only 45 per cent funded, with £218m of the £483m needed for the UN's Strategic Response Plan.

Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the DEC, said: "The support of the UK public through the Philippines typhoon appeal is hugely appreciated here, and I have seen with my own eyes how it is helping people not only to survive but also to begin to move on with their lives.

"DEC member agencies and their partners have played a crucial role in providing immediate aid, but increasingly they are beginning to support people to rebuild their lives and livelihoods."

More than 14 million people were affected by the typhoon and the majority had now received some support from governments, UN agencies or local and international organisations, he said.

The DEC said its funds were normally spent within two years of an appeal being launched, but because of the scale of the Philippines typhoon the money would be used to support survivors over three years.

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