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Saturday 18 November 2017

10,000 dead in one city after worst ever storm

People cross a street against strong wind and heavy rainfall under the influence of Typhoon Haiyan, in Sanya, Hainan province November 10, 2013.
People cross a street against strong wind and heavy rainfall under the influence of Typhoon Haiyan, in Sanya, Hainan province November 10, 2013.
Scenes of devastation in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan

THE Irish Government has promised €1m of emergency aid to help the relief effort for hundreds of thousands of people who have been left homeless after the worst typhoon ever seen in a region used to tropical storms.

Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 10,000 people in the city of Tacloban on the island of Leyte in the Phillipines and there were hundreds of fatalities in other parts of the country. Thousands are reported to be missing.

However, it is expected to be several days before the full extent of the disaster is known due to the remote nature of some of the worst-hit regions.

Up to 90pc of the buildings in some areas were reported to have been flattened.

Tents, tarpaulins and blankets will also be donated by the Government, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said.

Ireland's Rapid Response Corps is also on standby to provide expert help to UN agencies operating on the ground.

Aid agency Goal has dispatched an emergency response team to Tacloban and has launched a public appeal for funds to help the aid effort.

Plan Ireland, the Irish Red Cross, and Trocaire have also announced appeals and will be sending aid to the stricken region.

Irish Independent

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