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On the 8th of November, Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines.
It was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded on land.
Sea water engulfed towns along the coast,
leaving a scene of total devastation.
But the cost in human terms is the most shocking.
Many thousands have died,
and up to ten million have been affected by this catastrophic storm.
These people desperately need your help.
That's why the Disasters Emergency Committee, or DEC -
an umbrella organisation that unites 14 UK humanitarian aid agencies -
has launched an emergency appeal.
And to help the vast numbers of people affected,
they need your donation.
In the city of Tacloban,
the destruction is on the scale of a tsunami.
Now we're so very hungry and thirsty.
We don't have water any more, we don't have food.
Survivors are sleeping outside amid the wreckage.
And with so many dead in the rubble,
there is the increasing threat of the spread of infection -
with young children and elderly people most at risk.
This is a dreadful situation,
and the Philippines is a nation of scattered islands
with communities who are hard to reach.
A huge effort is required to get aid to the people who need it.
The priorities are clean water, food and shelter.
£25 will buy water purification tablets
for ten families for a month.
£50 will feed a family for two weeks.
£100 will provide a family with an emergency shelter and bedding.
This is a humanitarian crisis, so the DEC needs us to act now.
You can give online at dec.org.uk
or you can call 0370 60 60 900.
To donate £5, text HELP to 70000.
Texts cost £5,
and the whole £5 goes to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal.
You must be 16 or over, and please ask the bilzl payer's permission.
For full information, go to dec.org.uk.
Kirsty Young presents the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal. Typhoon Haiyan has devastated parts of the Philippines leaving up to 10,000 people dead and hundreds of thousands without shelter. The Disasters Emergency Committee representing 14 UK aid agencies has launched this appeal to raise much needed funds to help those affected by this catastrophic storm.