Typhoon Haiyan devastation: Daanbantayan, Cebu via @TheFreemanNews. Photo by Aldo Banaynal
DEC MEMBERS RESPONDING TO THE STORM INCLUDE:
Updated 14.30 GMT 09.11.13
Early reports suggest that over four million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan - known locally as Yolanda - and in the badly hit coastal city of Tacloban, some estimates suggest more than a thousand people have died and eye witnesses say hardly a single house is still standing.
More than 15 million people live in the areas worst affected by the Typhoon, including in Metro Cebu, the country's second largest city with a population of 2.5 million people. Tacloban is on the coast near where they centre of the storm made landfall and is home to 220,000 people. Many of those in the path of the storm are poor or very poor, making it more likely that their basic homes will be damaged or destroyed and that they will need support to rebuild their lives.
The authorities in the Philippines pre-emptively evacuated nearly 790,000 people and had pre-positioned food packages for nearly 500,000 people. The army and civil authorities are now leading the relief effort with support from the UN and aid agencies.
The DEC is in close contact with its member agencies, many of whom have staff or partners alread responding in the worst affected areas. We will continue to assess the impact of the disaster against our appeal criteria as more information becomes available.
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The typhoon has now left Philippines waters but is expected to make landfall in central Vietnam early on Sunday morning (UK time). Vietnamese authorities have begun evacuating 100,000 people living in low lying coastal areas to temporary typhoon shelters on higher ground.
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