AS WE LAY OUR HEADS DOWN TO REST THIS EVENING IN THE COMFORT OF OUR HOMES WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE SAFE, PLEASE SPARE A THOUGHT FOR THE PEOPLE OF PHILIPPINES WHO HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED BY OF ONE OF THE WORST TYPHOONS IN HISTORY:
The Biggest storm in history: 6.5 million in Vietnam brace themselves for 235mph Typhoon Haiyan as 170,000 soldiers are drafted in to reinforce homes
Typhoon Haiyan was a maximum category-five storm with ground winds of up to 235mph
Red Cross today estimates 1,200 people have been killed, 1,000 of those in the city of Tacloban, Leyte
Bodies were seen floating in flooded streets with rescue workers saying the aftermath was similar to the 2004 Tsunami
800,000 evacuated before gales whipped up 19ft waves that battered the islands of Leyte and Samar
Storm has now passed majority of the islands and is set to move inland towards Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam
Hundreds of thousands of people in South East Asia have been evacuated and moved to shelters
170,000 Vietnamese soldiers are brought in as aid agencies predict 6.5 million people will be affected
Disaster relief teams are now attempting to get supplies to those most affected
International aid teams are being flown in to the devastated country with three UK experts arriving today
UN says 2.5 million people are in need of food aid and UNICEF have estimated 1.5 million children live in affected areas
YET AGAIN ISRAEL IS FIRST TO SEND AID TO THE DEVASTATED PHILIPPINES:
IsraAID has sent a team this week to assist local NGOs and UN agencies in treating hundreds of thousands of people affected by a powerful typhoon that hit the Philippines Friday. Israel is the FIRST foreign country to respond to the tragedy.
The IsraAID team, supported by the AJC and Jewish communities in North America, is comprised of medical, trauma and relief professionals. The team started work primarily in Tacloban City in Leyte, according to a statement released by IsraAID Saturday.
An elderly woman is taken from her home in Danang, Vietnam, as the government begins to evacuate 100,000 people lying in the path of typhoon Haiyan. As always the Red Cross are at hand to be wherever they are needed. Please remember the Red Cross are a volunteer organisation and whenever you can please donate generously.