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Typhoon Haiyan: Latest updates on UK aid

How the UK is helping people devastated by the super typhoon that hit the Philippines, six months on.

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Justine Greening visits UK and Australian medics in Tacloban, Philippines. Picture: Russell Watkins/DFID

Justine Greening visits UK and Australian medics in Tacloban, Philippines. Picture: Russell Watkins/DFID

Six months on from Typhoon Haiyan, the UK is continuing to provide humanitarian support for 1 million people in the Philippines.

Thousands of people in remote communities lost their homes and everything they own. The UK has provided £77 million of humanitarian support and expertise for the longer term recovery of the Philippines and the restoration of livelihoods and buildings destroyed by the typhoon.

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Infographic: Typhoon Haiyan UK Response. Credit: HMG

Infographic: Typhoon Haiyan UK Response. Credit: HMG


How UK aid is helping

The UK has provided £77 million in humanitarian support to help 1 million people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. This includes:

  • matching the first £5 million donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal for the Philippines, ensuring leading charities have the resources they need to help victims of the typhoon and make the public’s generous donations go even further
  • £8 million for the Rapid Response Facility so partners on the ground can provide crucial humanitarian aid, including temporary shelters, bedding, blankets and solar lanterns
  • £8 million to fly vital supplies such as water purification kits and medical support, as well as teams of humanitarian and medical experts, to flood hit areas
  • up to £9 million for the deployment of MOD assets HMS Daring and HMS Illustrious to the Philippines to support the aid effort
  • the deployment of 21 NHS staff trained to operate under emergency conditions
  • £30 million to support the UN and Red Cross emergency appeals for the Philippines, including a £3 million allocation to ensure women and girls are not disproportionally affected by the crisis, a £2 million allocation to increase nutrition provision and £1 million allocation to help 3,000 people to receive the tools and materials they need to rebuild their houses. The funding will be used to deliver vital supplies to more than 500,000 victims of the Typhoon Haiyan and support UN and Red Cross teams working on the ground as they coordinate the international relief effort
  • up to £15 million additional funding for the humanitarian response to cover unmet needs and provide support for early recovery including a £3 million allocation being injected into the fishing industry in the hardest hit fishing communities, and £2.5 million allocation to help restore farming.

In addition, the UK is making a further £5 million investment in resilience for up to four cities in the Philippines, so they can plan for and invest in measures such as flood protection and drainage systems that will help in the event of future extreme weather events.

Video: Justine Greening visits Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan


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Latest news

UK pledges longer term support after Typhoon Haiyan (24 December 2013)

The UK is providing the money and expertise needed to start the longer term recovery of the Philippines and the restoration of livelihoods and buildings destroyed by the typhoon.

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HMS Illustrious completes Philippines aid mission (11 December 2013)

The Royal Navy vessel and her ship’s company have completed their task supporting the post-Typhoon Haiyan relief mission.

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HMS Illustrious continues Philippines aid effort (9 December 2013)

The 23,000-tonne carrier was deployed to the Philippines to assist with the relief effort in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan under the direction of the Department for International Development (DFID).

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Justine Greening: Update on the UK’s response to Typhoon Haiyan (29 November 2013)

Oral statement to Parliament by the Development Secretary on Britain’s support for the Philippines following the super typhoon.

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Helicopters begin delivery of aid to remote Philippine islands (27 November 2013)

Helicopters from HMS Illustrious have begun to deliver UK aid, personnel and equipment to small Philippine islands devastated by the typhoon.

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Previous announcements

For all announcements relating to the UK support to Typhoon Haiyan, see the Typhoon Haiyan news archive.

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Views from the field

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How you can help

The best way to help those hit by the crisis is to donate to the DEC appeal.

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Facts and stats

  • Typhoon Haiyan is the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall
  • Over 14 million people were affected by the Typhoon
  • £75 million in UK humanitarian support will help over 1 million people
  • 17 cargo flights (8 of which were part-funded by the European Union), carried UK aid to the Philippines

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Published 12 November 2013
Last updated 8 May 2014 + show all updates
  1. This page has been updated to mark six months since Typhoon Haiyan

  2. Updated with new infographic as of 7 February 2014

  3. Changed the actual total of NHS medical staff deployed from 18 to 21.

  4. Addition of new Press Release

  5. Update on latest news releases

  6. Added news story 'HMS Illustrious continues Philippines aid effort'

  7. Updated info-graphic as of 8 December 2013

  8. Blog: Our man in Tacloban sees the strength of the Filipino spirit Latest news update: Justine Greening - Update on the UK’s response to Typhoon Haiyan Latest news update: Helicopters begin delivery of aid to remote Philippine islands

  9. Added press release 'HMS Illustrious takes over from HMS Daring in the Philippines'

  10. Added news story 'RAF delivers more supplies to the Philippines'

  11. Addition of PR - Justine Greening pledges long term support during Philippines visit

  12. Added news story 'HMS Illustrious en route to the Philippines'

  13. Added news article 'Typhoon Haiyan: Greening hails range of business contributions to relief effort'

  14. Added news story 'UK military continues to deliver aid to Philippines'

  15. Added news articles 'HMS Illustrious picks up stores for Philippines aid' and 'Typhoon Haiyan: UK disaster response update'

  16. Added press release 'Antonov-124 doubles the capacity of Cebu airport'

  17. Added news story 'HMS Daring provides shelter kits to Philippine islanders'

  18. Added news stories 'HMS Daring delivers aid to typhoon-hit island' and 'Arrival of C-130 aircraft to get aid to cut-off areas'.

  19. Added news article 'Now lifesaving British aid reaches remote islands', Video 'British medics aboard HMS Daring ' and link to DEC appearl

  20. Added news article 'HMS Daring brings relief to isolated typhoon victims'

  21. Added PR on UK support to UN and Red Cross Disaster Appeals

  22. Added news srticle 'RAF C-17 departs UK for the Philippines'.

  23. Added news article 'Extra British military support for Philippines aid effort'

  24. Added news article 'Commitment to humanitarian access and the protection of women and girls secured by Justine Greening'

  25. First published.