As it happened: Philippines typhoon disaster

Key points

  • The UN has launched an appeal for $301m (£190m) to help areas in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan
  • At least 10,000 people are feared to have been killed. Survivors desperately require aid but reports say little is getting through.
  • The US and UK are sending ships and aircraft which will provide humanitarian assistance, supplies and medical care
  • Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity
  • All times GMT

Live text


  • Becky Branford 
  • Robert Greenall 
  • Victoria Park 

Last updated 12 November 2013


Welcome to our live coverage of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, as relief efforts gather pace and aid agencies race to get humanitarian assistance to victims of the storm.


The UN has launched an appeal for $301m (£190m) to help relief efforts in typhoon-hit areas. It estimates 11.3 million people have been affected, with 673,000 displaced.


"We've just launched an action plan focusing on the areas of food, health, sanitation, shelter, debris removal and also protection of the most vulnerable... and I very much hope our donors will be generous," AFP news agency quotes UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos as telling reporters in Manila.


"They need food, they need water, they need shelter. People need to be protected," Baroness Amos tells the BBC.


@erelcabatbat tweets a picture, saying: "a gut wrenching site in Bonbon, Cebu--children braving the rains to ask for help, food."


Tulip Mazumdar, Global health reporter

says that the World Health Organization is working around the clock to help co-ordinate incoming relief supplies from more than 30 international humanitarian health organisations to ensure there is minimum duplication of materials and medicines arriving at any one location, and that hospitals, personnel and supplies get as quickly as possible to those places where they are needed most.


Young survivors of Typhoon Haiyan wait to be evacuated on a military plane at Tacloban airport, Leyte province, in the central Philippines, on Tuesday Over 11 million people were affected by the typhoon, with young children a particular priority for aid agencies. Here, children wait to be evacuated out of Tacloban