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Typhoon Haiyan

Latest updates on the powerful storm that caused death and destruction in the Philippines.

  • Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas speaking from the Philippines capital Manila says communication has been and still is impossible. 

    "The problem has been how to get communication lines back up. They need to understand what is needed and where.

    The government says the typhoon has affected more than 4 million people.

    Most of the areas are still in the dark, many islands not able to communicate with those outside. They think it will take some days to reach those affected.

    All in all, most of those islands are still without contact." 

    Scores dead after storm batters Philippines
    by Amna Bagadi on Nov 9, 2013 at 1:06 PM via YouTube

    According to AFP, one Philippine official says it's likely hundreds have been killed. 

    "I think hundreds," Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said on ABS-CBN television when asked how many people had died in the coastal town of Palo and surrounding villages that he visited on devastated Leyte island.

    A UN official, Rhodes Stampa has said:

    "The last time I saw something of this scale was in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. This is destruction on a massive scale."Amna Bagadiat 12:53 PM

    Are you in the Philippines? Have you been affected by Typhoon Haiyan? 

    Send your pictures, videos, stories to:   yourmedia@aljazeera.net

    The body of a man lies among the debris after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Coron municipality [Reuters]
    by Amna Bagadi

    Speaking from Tacloban in Leyte province, one of the hardest areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan 
    Al Jazeera's Jamela Alindogan said that the local government fears that the death toll could reach thousands, estimating possibly tens of thousands in Leyte province alone. 

    Describing her experience during two hours in the eye of the storm, Jamela said:

    "At 4:45am local time, we started feeling the wrath of the typoon, we moved to the second floor, from there I could see roofs being blown away. 

    In ten minutes the water started going up really quickly, and we were trapped, we in the hotel with the other guests, all stuck and had no where to go, so we broke into a small stock room where the supplies were and we managed to get in. 

    Me and my colleague climbed up to the roof near the ceiling ready to jump to the water and we managed to find empty barrels to hold so we could float if we wanted to jump. 

    We were holding on to the ceiling and the whole roof blew away in an instant, and for the next two hours it was just like that. 

    The noise, the sound was incredible, is hard to explain, it's like a beast just there, and you can't see but you can feel it and there is just debris flying everywhere, for two hours we were exposed.

    From there we made out way out, everything we had had been swept away, except the clothes on our backs.

    And we started to see a lot of dead people around, everything has been flattened, everything has been destroyed,  it was a ghost town and it's incredible how just two hours of this massive typhoon destroyed this whole province.

    It's unknown what the rescue situation is, we're not seeing a rescue operation but we're just seeing a lot of helicopters overhead. There is looting, we need security as the situation becomes more desperate it becomes more precarious.

    The government is saying it tried to conduct forced evacuations of many coastal villages, as many people live by the coastline. 

    The government is estimating at about 20, maybe 30,000 people must have been killed, and I think those stuck in the water will die as the rescuers cannot reach them any time soon."

    Vietnam has started evacuating over 100,000 people from the path of Haiyan, state media reports. Mass evacuations are taking place in central Danang and Quang Ngai provinces, the Tuoi Tre newspaper said.

    Many schools have closed and people from vulnerable low-lying coastal villages are moving to temporary typhoon shelters set up in public buildings on high ground.

    Although Haiyan is expected to weaken slightly, it is still considered a super typhoon with the potential for "complicated developments", said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at an urgent meeting on Friday.

    [AFP]AJE Staffat 9:44 AM

    News are coming in from local media as communications are gradually being restored.
    Radio station DZBB is reporting that a storm surge at least 5 metres high hit Tacloban City in central Philippines at 8pm local time on Friday. At the city’s airport, which is next to the sea, there were two dead people spotted, according to the radio station.

    Three people were also killed in Coron, Palawan, where the typhoon made its 6th and last landfall before exiting the Philippines.AJE Staffat 9:04 AM

    The typhoon is now over the South China Sea and has weakened to the equivalent of a category 4 hurricane. It is expected to weaken further as it heads towards Vietnam.

    The exact location of landfall in Vietnam is uncertain, with different weather models taking it on slightly different paths. Currently it looks like the storm will skirt up the eastern coast, affecting Hue and places to the north.

    When it makes landfall in Vietnam is it expected to be the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane, with winds of 175 kph. The vast amounts of rain expected are of great concern.AJE Weather Teamat 9:08 AM

    Residents recover the body of a victim in Coron, Palawan province in central Philippines [Reuters]
    by Amna Bagadi
    Residents recover the body of a victim in Coron, Palawan province in central Philippines [Reuters] 
    by Amna Bagadi
    A man walks among debris from damaged houses in Coron [Reuters] 
    by Amna Bagadi

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    New pictures from local TV show the extent of the damage. 

    Typhoon Haiyan, possibly the strongest storm ever to hit land, has devastated Tacloban city, central Philippines [Reuters] 
    by Amna Bagadi
    Piled up vehicles are pictured on a flooded street filled with debris in Tacloban [Reuters] 
    by Amna Bagadi
     Residents venture out to survey the damage in Tacloban [Reuters]
    by Amna Bagadi

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    More than 100 dead after Typhoon Haiyan hit Philippines

    One of the strongest storms on record has 
    killed more than 100 people and injured another 100 in the central Philippines before sweeping west toward Vietnam on Saturday, still packing destructive winds capable of blowing away houses and uprooting trees.

    Capt. John Andrews, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, told The Associated Press that more than 100 bodies were lying in the streets and another 100 were injured in Tacloban city where the storm made landfall on Friday.

    The Philippine television station GMA reported its news team saw 11 bodies, including that of a child, washed ashore Friday and 20 more bodies at a pier in Tacloban hours after the typhoon ripped through the coastal city.

    At least 20 more bodies were taken to a church in nearby Palo town that was used as an evacuation center but had to be abandoned when its roofs were blown away, the TV network reported. TV images showed howling winds peeling off tin roof sheets during heavy rain.

    High waves pound the sea wall as Typhoon Haiyan hit the city of Legaspi, Albay province, south of Manila [AFP]
    by AJE Weather Team on Nov 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Dark clouds hover over Manila after Typhoon Haiyan hits [Reuters] 
    by Amna Bagadi
    Nearly 200 local flights have been suspended stranding passengers [Reuters]
    by Amna Bagadi
    A house is engulfed by the storm surge [AP] 
    by Amna Bagadi
    Strong winds and rain batter a building in Tacloban city [Reuters]
    by Amna Bagadi
     Residents rush to safety past a fallen tree during strong winds brought by Typhoon [Reuters]
    by Amna Bagadi
    Residents clear the road after a tree was toppled by strong winds [Reuters] 
    by Amna Bagadi

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    Surigao, in northern Mindanao, reported 253 mm of rain from the storm. The storm is moving through quickly, around 40 kph, so the torrential rainfall should be short-lived; the rain could have been worse.AJE Weather Teamat 11:29 AM yesterday

    Latest run of the model brings Haiyan directly to Hue, Vietnam. Impact would be around 6 GMT on Sunday with sustained winds of 165 kph and gusts of 195 kph.AJE Weather Teamat 11:20 AM yesterday

    The forecast track of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Impact in Vietnam is expect on Sunday, around 6 GMT. [Al Jazeera]
    by AJE Weather Team on Nov 8, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    All communication to Tacloban have been lost. Population of the city is over 220,000.AJE Weather Teamat 11:03 AM yesterday

    Residents attempt to reinforce their homes ahead of the storm [EPA]. Homes like this would not withstand the winds of Haiyan which were over 300 kph.
    by AJE Weather Team on Nov 8, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    The eye of Super Typhoon Haiyan has now cleared the island of Panay and is in the Sulu Sea.AJE Weather Teamat 10:53 AM yesterday

    The Philippines often is struck by tropical systems, on average it sees 20 every year. It was hit by the strongest cyclone of 2012 when Typhoon Bopha left about 2,000 people dead or missing on the southern island of Mindanao. Super Typhoon Haiyan is stronger than Bopha.AJE Weather Teamat 10:51 AM yesterday

    Haiyan is expected to make a second landfall in Vietnam on Sunday.AJE Weather Teamat 10:41 AM yesterday

    Super Typhoon Haiyan has now been a super typhoon for over 50 hours.AJE Weather Teamat 10:36 AM yesterday

    It's estimated that 14 million people in the Philippines will be affected by winds of at least that of a category one hurricane.AJE Weather Teamat 10:01 AM yesterday

    Major concerns for the city of Tacloban, the capital of Leyte. Much of the city has an elevation of less than 3 metres; the storm surge was believed to be 3.5 metres.AJE Weather Teamat 8:52 AM yesterday

    Three hours before landfall the winds were estimated as 310kph, which makes it the fourth strongest ever recorded and the strongest on record ever to make landfall.AJE Weather Teamat 8:43 AM yesterday

    Major concerns for the city of Tacloban, the capital of Leyte. Much of the city has an elevation of less than 3 metres; the storm surge was believed to be 3.5 metres.AJE Weather Teamat 8:52 AM yesterday

    As the storm crossed the island of Leyte, at 0 GMT, the sustained winds were 295kph, gusting to 360kph.AJE Weather Teamat 8:51 AM yesterday

    A satelllite picture of Super Typhoon Haiyan just before it slammed into the Philippines. [AFP PHOTO/NOAA/HANDOUT]
    by AJE Weather Team on Nov 8, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    The most powerful cyclone of the year is now crossing the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan is the equivalent of a category five hurricane, on the five point scale where five is the strongest.AJE Weather Teamat 8:31 AM yesterday

  • A resident of Capiz told Al Jazeera that the island province, also in central Philippines suffered major damage.

    "A lot of people lost their homes. Most of the homes are made of light materials, so they were easily swept away by the typhoon. The houses made of concrete were not spared, as the roofs were also blown away. I can see trees and electric posts all knocked down. There's no electricity or water." - Jed Daria Dillo

  • President Benigno Aquino III said the casualties "will be substantially more," but gave no figure or estimate. He said the government's priority was to restore power and communications in isolated areas to allow for the delivery of relief and medical assistance to victims.

    The Philippine Red Cross and its partners were preparing for a major relief effort "because of the magnitude of the disaster," said the agency's chairman, Richard Gordon.

    The airport in Tacloban, a city of 200,000 located about 580 kms  southeast of Manila, looked like a
    muddy wasteland of debris on Saturday, with crumpled tin roofs and upturned cars.
    The airport tower's glass windows were shattered, and air force helicopters were busy flying in and out at the start of relief operations.

    Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Aquino was “speechless'' when he told him of the devastation the typhoon had wrought in Tacloban.

    "I told him all systems are down," Gazmin said. "There is no power, no water, nothing. People are desperate. They're looting."


  • The following video shows footage of Super Typhoon Haiyan as it hit the central Philippine city of Tacloban. 

    Super Typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan Hits Tacloban Philippines Breaking News Footage 1
    by Earth Uncut TV via YouTube on 1:56 PM yesterday

  • The following footage shows the aftermath after Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippine city of Tacloban. 

    Super typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan Aftermath Tacloban City 9th November 2013 Breaking News Footage
    by Earth Uncut TV via YouTube on 3:08 PM yesterday

  • Another tropical storm in the same areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan could impact and hamper recovery efforts, according to AccuWeather. 

    The tropical disturbance heading from Papua New Guinea is expected to track through the Philippines in a trajectory similar to that of Haiyan. The storm itself is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm and hit with heavy rain by early Wednesday morning. 

    The rain could trigger flash flooding problems leading to possible mudslides. While the winds are much weaker than typhoon strength winds, gusts could toss debris and cause additional hazards. 

  • The United Nations warned on Monday of a quickly mounting death toll from the super typhoon in the Philippines, with 10,000 people feared killed in the worst-hit city of Tacloban alone.

    One top humanitarian official said the UN was "expecting the worst" on the final body count, and also cited the desperate need for clean drinking water and food for survivors of the disaster.

    John Ging, UN humanitarian operations director, said 660,000 people had fled their homes because of Typhoon Haiyan and that the United Nations will appeal for significant international aid for victims on Tuesday.

    "The scale of devastation is massive and therefore it will require the mobilization of a massive response," Ging said, praising the Philippines government response to the disaster as "very impressive" so far.

    UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, who is heading for the Philippines, said in a statement that "local officials estimate that some 10,000 people were killed in one city alone".

    Her spokeswoman confirmed that she was referring to Tacloban, which was devastated by the storm.

    "Many places are strewn with dead bodies," Ging told a news conference at UN headquarters, confirming estimates that "over 10,000 people perished".

    Amos was expected in Manila to run a joint relief operation by private groups and the UN, which has already released $25 million from its emergency fund for aid.

    Tuesday's "flash appeal" for cash, was likely to be seeking hundreds of millions of dollars, UN officials said.

  • The United States has sent an aircraft carrier to the Philippines to provide assistance in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan which leveled part of the country with more than 10,000 feared dead.

    The aircraft carrier, which carries 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft, was in Hong Kong for a port visit and is expected to reach the Philippines in about two days.

    The US said Monday that it is fully committed to helping the Philippines recover from one of the most powerful typhoons on record, and is providing $20 million in immediate aid.

    [The Associated Press]

  • A view of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
    [Ecological Internet / @ecolinternet] 

  • Aid in short supply in Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan
    by Al Jazeera English via YouTube on 2:29 AM

    Aid is in short supply in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan.

    Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from Manila. 
  • The United Nations will on Tuesday launch an urgent aid appeal expected to seek hundreds of millions of dollars to help the Philippines recover from the ravages of Typhoon Haiyan.

    UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos was headed for the Philippines to lead a "flash appeal" for cash, officials said, saying the scale of devastation was so far-reaching that a major emergency effort is needed.

    The announcement came as the Pentagon said it had ordered an aircraft carrier, other ships and scores of aircraft that had been on a stop in Hong Kong to head to the stricken archipelago.

    Ahead of the emergency appeal, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the aid already pledged but said contributions "must expand urgently in the days ahead," given the sheer damage wrought by Haiyan.

    Britain is sending a ship and a transporter plane to assist with the relief effort following the typhoon, which may have killed more than 10,000 people in what is feared to be the worst natural disaster ever to hit the Philippines.

    "The scale of devastation is massive and therefore it will require the mobilisation of a massive response," John Ging, the UN's humanitarian operations director said, stressing the death toll was expected to rise.

    "Many places are strewn with dead bodies," Ging told a news conference at the UN headquarters in New York.


  • The United Nation's World Food Programme published this video to raise donations for typhoon Haiyan survivors.
    by World Food Programme via YouTube on 5:46 PM yesterday

  • Al Jazeera's correspondent reporting from Manila:

  • The death toll from the massive typhoon that hit the Philippines is likely closer to 2,000 or 2,500, not the previously reported figure of 10,000, President Benigno Aquino told CNN in an interview on Tuesday.

    "The figure right now I have is about 2,000, but this might still get higher," Aquino told CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour in an interview was posted on CNN's website.

    "Ten thousand, I think, is too much," he told CNN. "There was emotional drama involved with that particular estimate."

  • Residents who waited overnight for military transport to leave the town, stand in the rain as Philippines C-130 aircraft arrive, after super typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban City in central Philippines [Reuters]

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday sent her "heartfelt condolences" to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which swept through the Philippines over the weekend.

    "I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of life and devastation caused by the typhoon that hit the Philippines at the weekend," she said in a message sent to Philippine president Benigno Aquino III.

    "Prince Philip joins me in offering our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families at this difficult time.

    "Our deepest sympathies go out to all those whose lives have been affected."

    A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the monarch would contribute to Britain's rescue appeal, which has raised £1.5 million ($2.4 million) in the 15 hours since it was launched on Tuesday.

    The television appeal was set up by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), a group of 14 UK aid organisations including Action Aid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Islamic Relief, Oxfam and Save the Children.

    The government will match all donations up to £5 million, and on Monday announced it was sending a warship and transporter plane to help the relief operation.

  • AT&T and Verizon are offering free calls and texts to the Philippines for customers trying to contact friends and family there in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

    AT&T wireless customers will be eligible for unlimited calls and texts until Nov 30. Landline and U-verse voice customers will get up to 60 minutes of direct-dial calling to the Philippines. 

    The offer is retroactive to last Friday, when the typhoon hit the island nation, displacing more than 600,000 people. 

    Verizon is waiving charges on residential landlines through Dec 7, also retroactive to Friday. Wireless customers who aren't under prepaid plans are also eligible.

    Sprint says it's still reviewing its service-relief offerings. Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile say they are also letting people send texts to donate $10 to selected charities. The donations will be added to phone bills.

    The wireless carriers are waiving the usual text messaging charges and processing fees, so that the entire amount goes to the charities.

    Meanwhile, Apple is letting people donate to the American Red Cross through its iTunes online store. Apple says the entire amount will go to the charity.

  • A Navy official says the US has decided to send two amphibious warships to the Philippines to help with disaster relief.

    The official says the USS Germantown and USS Ashland will get underway soon from Sasebo, Japan, where they are deployed. The official was not authorised to speak publicly about the matter, so requested anonymity.

    Pentagon press secretary George Little said the department is working to send whatever is needed to help the Philippines, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

    Officials are struggling to get food, water, shelter and medical equipment to the more than 11 million people estimated to be affected by the storm. 

    The aircraft carrier USS George Washington, which is carrying helicopters and equipment to provide fresh water, is also heading to the Philippines.


  • Philippines official says eight people are dead in looting of government warehouse in typhoon-ravaged Philippines town.


  • Handout picture released by the African Union. In the town of Jowhar where almost 4,000 people have been displaced [AFP/Tobin Jones]
    by Safeeyah Kharsany

  • Philippine security forces exchanged fire on Wednesday with armed men amid widespread looting of shops and warehouses for food, water and other supplies in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan, local television reported.
    The firefight occurred in the village of Abucay, part of worst-hit Tacloban in Leyte province, said ANC Television.
    Military officials were unable to immediately confirm the fighting.
  • Desperation grips Philippine storm survivors: Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from Cebu Island

  • Al Jazeera's Ted Regencia, reporting from Tanauan town in Leyte, where at least 600 people have been killed according to the wife of the mayor, Penelope Tecson, said that conditions in the region were so dire that operations were taking place in a town hall that has been converted into a makeshift hospital.

    The roof of the hall had been destroyed by the typhoon though, and rains have continued to pelt the area. 

    Our correspondent send through the following videos of an emergency C-Section performed by volunteer doctors/medics from the Medical Missions, Mammoth Lake, California.

    The group, led by Dr. Michael Karch, was one of the
    first medical volunteers who arrived in Leyte.
    They were headed to Chiapas,
    Mexico, when they heard of the disaster in the Philippines, said Regencia.

    The patient Ann Cheryl Orongan is also from Tanauan
    own in Leyte, and gave birth to a baby girl. 

    Follow the following links to view the videos:



  • Gunshots forced the delay of a mass burial of victims of the huge typhoon that smashed into the Philippines, the mayor of the badly-affected city of Tacloban told AFP news agency.

    "We had finished digging the mass burial site. We had the truck loaded with bodies ..but ..there was some shooting ..they could not proceed," Alfred Romualdez said.

    Forensics officers "were with them. But on their way there, they were asked to go back by the security escorts," he said.

    "They were ordered to turn around by the [police]."

    The delay is a further setback to authorities' efforts to remove the scores of bodies that still litter streets in the areas worst hit by the enormous storm last Friday.

    Doctors are warning that in the tropical heat of the Philippines, the bodies will soon become a source of disease.

    Correspondents in the area report the smell of corpses hanging in the air while an official said the recovery of bodies had stopped because they "ran out of bags". 


  • Typhoon victims stand by a car at the remains of a petrol station in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte [AFP/Philippe Lopez]
    by Safeeyah Kharsany

  • The latest video report from Wayne Hay in the Philippines: Typhoon affected areas bear risk of disease spreading. Please also check our new story on the website here: goo.gl

  • Meanwhile, Al Jazeera's Steff Gaulter report on what role climate change could have played in the formation of such a huge storm.

  • Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan meanwhile reports from San Francisco how Filipino-Americans are raising funds for typhoon victims.

  • The Obama administration says the number of US troops helping the relief effort in the typhoon-hit Philippines could triple to more than 1,000 by the end of the week.

    Senior administration officials said on Wednesday that after a very difficult first few days, logistical problems blocking aid to the hard-hit city of Tacloban are starting to ease.

    They say an overland route to the city has opened up, which should speed up the distribution of relief supplies.

    Some 307 troops are in the Philippines, but more Marines should depart soon from Okinawa, Japan.

    So far, US forces have evacuated about 800 Filipinos from Tacloban. They are also transporting Philippine security forces to restore order to the region, where violence and looting has occurred. 

    Officials say the security situation is improving.

  • US President Barack Obama on Wednesday encouraged Americans to donate money to support aid for survivors.

    Obama bemoaned the "awful destruction" of the typhoon, one of the most powerful on record, and directed Americans to the White House website where they could link up with aid organisations working to alleviate the suffering.

    "Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of the Philippines as they mourn so many loved ones and neighbors lost in the awful destruction of Typhoon Haiyan," Obama said.

    "The friendship between our two countries runs deep, and when our friends are in trouble, America helps," Obama said in a statement.

    "With so many families and communities in the Philippines in urgent need of food, water, shelter and medicine, even small contributions can make a big difference and help save lives."

    US officials meanwhile voiced optimism that American assets including cargo planes and versatile Osprey aircraft would help bring help to victims still cut off by the storm.

  • Workers are trying to contain an oil spill after Super Typhoon Haiyan damaged a barge in central Philippines.

    Almost 500,000 litres of oil was spilled into the sea when the powerful typhoon slammed the country on November 8.

    Officials said the spill has spread over the two-kilometre stretch of the coast of Iloilo.

    Iloilo was on the path of the typhoon, one of the strongest ever recorded, but did not suffer damages as bad as Tacloban in the eastern part of the country.

  • While much of the world's attention is on the Philippines, there are also devastating floods in Somalia's northeastern Puntland region.

    At least 300 people have died and the UN estimates tens of thousands more are in need of food, water, shelter and medical supplies.

    As Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports, many of the roads have been washed away, forcing aid agencies to deliver supplies on foot.

  • Philippines government spokesman, Ricky Carandang, updates Al Jazeera on the current relief efforts:

    by Al Jazeera English via YouTube on 4:23 PM

  • Guiuan used to be a picturesque tourist town with a 16th century church as one of its main attractions, but now it has all gone.
    The US military is airlifting relief goodsaround the clock and have taken control over the destroyed air field.
    Aid is just starting to reach the area, as Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen brings us this report.

    by Al Jazeera English via YouTube on 9:32 PM

  • Dead bodies still litter the road sides, like garbage, one survivor said, waiting to be picked up, while the living struggle for basic necessities in Tacloban.

    Running water is now a prized commodity while petrol is in high demand. 

    Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from the city of Tacloban - where the situation still remains dire.

    by Al Jazeera English via YouTube on 9:08 PM

  • The United Nations has  received $72 million for its relief fund for the disaster-stricken Philippines  with Gulf countries the key contributors, a top UN humanitarian official said 
    on Friday.

    Kuwait and United Arab Emirates have each given $10 million to the UN  appeal for $301 million to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, John Ging, the UN humanitarian operations director told a news conference.

    Ging added that more than $80 million has been donated to the Philippines relief effort through other international charities and organizations.

    "Money is coming very quickly," Ging told reporters, while adding: "We have to keep our foot on the accelerator. Too many people have not received assistance but they should know the assistance is on the way."

    The United Nations said Thursday, quoting government figures, that about 4,600 people had been killed. The UN would stop giving toll estimates because the figures were becoming "confusing," Ging said.

    The UN still says that 13 million people have been affected by the typhoon with 1.9 million people displaced and 287,000 homes serious damaged or destroyed.

  • In Pictures: agony in Philippines

    Government and aid workers grapple to get aid to those in need, 600,000 of whom are said to be homeless. View slideshow.

     'The need is massive, the need is immediate, and you can't reach everyone.' Mar Roxas, Philippine interior secretary, said on Friday [EPA]
    by Yermi Brenner

  • Typhoon Haiyan varied degrees of destruction
    by Al Jazeera English via YouTube on 6:21 AM

    The effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan continue to be felt throughout the Philippines. 

    The degrees of destruction vary - some villages have water while others have been leveled to the ground and aid efforts have been uncoordinated and difficult to access. 

    Al Jazeera's Veronica Pedrosa reports from Tacloban, Philippines. 

  • President Benigno Aquino has been touring areas worst hit by Typhoon Haiyan. His government is facing criticism over its slow response to the disaster - as thousands remain cut off from international aid. 

    But as aid starts to pour in for the typhoon survivors, many are now gathering to pray in churches as they face the task of rebuilding their lives. 

    Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from Tacloban city.

    by Al Jazeera English via YouTube on 4:54 PM
  • Philippine authorities and international aid agencies face a mounting humanitarian crisis, with the number of people displaced by the catastrophe estimated at 4 million, up from 900,000 late last week. 

  • The touching story of a young lady who goes back to her hometown to search for her family.

    Relatives search for typhoon survivors
    by Al Jazeera English via YouTube on 7:51 PM yesterday

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