Britain pledges $48 million aid to Philippines

World powers have mobilized emergency aid over the past week

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Britain is to provide a further $48 million to help the relief effort after the devastating typhoon in the Philippines, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Saturday.

“Today I can announce that we are providing a further 30 million pounds ($48 million) to support the United Nations and Red Cross emergency appeal” to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, he told reporters.

“We are also deploying an RAF C-130 aircraft to help ensure that aid workers move between worst affected areas and get the aid to those who need it most,” Cameron added while attending a Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka.

The death toll from last week’s super typhoon is now at least 4,460, the United Nations said on Friday, citing regional officials. The country’s national disaster council maintained a much lower figure.

World powers have also mobilized emergency aid over the past week. On Monday, the United States and Britain sent several warships, including aircraft carrier the USS George Washington.

The carrier arrived late Thursday, and the U.S. military said it had delivered 118 tons of food, water and shelter items to Tacloban – approximately 360 miles southeast of the capital Manila – and elsewhere, and airlifted nearly 2,900 people to safety.

King Abdullah bin Abdelaziz, of Saudi Arabia, ordered on Friday a $10 million donation for the typhoon- stricken Philippines.

The United Arab Emirates also announced $10 million support and assistance program for the Philippines.

U.N. agencies said more than 170,000 people had received rice rations or food packets, while the Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said they would have mobile surgical units up and running in Tacloban by the end of the weekend, according to Agence France-Presse.

“The place really needs to be saturated with relief,” Red Cross Asia-Pacific spokesman Patrick Fuller told AFP in Tacloban.

“People literally have nothing. Money is useless here,” he added.

(With AFP)

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