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Typhoon Haiyan was 300 miles across when it struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013 and was one of the most intense tropical storms to ever make landfall anywhere in the world. It brought torrential rain, sustained winds of over 195mph and a storm surge of up to 30 feet that devastated coastal areas.

The storm affected over 14 millions of people across 46 provinces, including hundreds of thousands who were forced from their homes.  The city of Tacloban, home to more than 220,000 people, suffered more loss of life than any other area of the Philippines.  A total of six million people across the country saw their homes damaged or destroyed.



On 12 November 2013, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched an appeal for emergency aid.  The Cabinet Secretary for Culture & External Affairs announced a total of £600,000 funding for the appeal which was distributed amongst the members of the DEC.  The funding was used to provide emergency food aid and medical care, clean drinking water and shelters for people whose homes had been destroyed.