Typhoon Haiyan: Impact felt in the Philippines
Page last updated at 10:00 GMT, Tuesday, 12 November 2013
- The death toll is rising in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan tore across the country on Friday.
- Among the worst hit areas is eastern Leyte island and the city of Tacloban, which is said to resemble the aftermath of a tsunami. Officials estimate up to 10,000 people have died because of the typhoon, with more than 600,000 people being displaced.
- Residents queue up to receive treatment and relief supplies at Tacloban airport. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described images of the impact of the storm as "heartbreaking".
- Haiyan brought sustained winds of 235km/h (147mph), with gusts of 275 km/h (170 mph). It also created waves as high as 15m (45ft), bringing up to 400mm (15.75 inches) of rain in places.
- More than nine million people have been affected in the Philippines. Many are now struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean drinking water. Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity.
- Britain has increased its aid commitment from £6m to £10m for those affected by the typhoon. American military aircraft and ships are being deployed to provide help. Other countries have also pledged millions of dollars in assistance. Australia has approved Aus$10m ($9.4m; £5.8m) in humanitarian aid, while Japan, China and New Zealand have also promised assistance.
- It's 22 years since Typhoon Thelma, the deadliest in the Philippines to date, killed 5-8,000 people in November 1991.
- Typhoon Haiyan has ince made landfall in Vietnam, near the tourist destination of Ha Long Bay, with sustained winds of up to 140 km/h (85mph). Some 600,000 people were evacuated in northern provinces of the country.