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Global effort for Philippines but many still wait for aid

Global effort for Philippines but many still wait for aid
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Four days after one of the strongest storms ever to hit land, aid is starting to arrive in the Philippines.

But getting relief to those who need it most is an additional challenge, with remote typhoon-hit areas proving difficult to reach.

Operations have been hampered because roads, airports and bridges were destroyed or covered in wreckage by surging waves and winds of 314 kph.

Some 660,000 people have been displaced according to the United Nations and many have no access to food, water or medicine.

Large numbers of survivors have still received no aid. The UN and the Philippines government are launching an appeal and action plan.

More medical help is desperately needed in the city of Tacloban. It remains strewn with dead bodies which must be buried urgently to prevent a public health disaster.

International relief efforts are gathering pace, with countries and organisations pledging tens of millions of euros.

A US aircraft carrier is on its way. Britain is sending a navy warship with equipment to make drinking water from seawater and a military transport aircraft. Australia’s seven million euro aid package includes mosquito nets, sleeping mats and tarpaulins.

The European Commission said it would provide eight million euros to help the worst-affected areas.