Tuesday, November 12, 2013
US and British vessels were heading to the Philippines as the UN appealed for aid amid the large-scale devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
The US has deployed an aircraft carrier and navy ships, while the UK is sending a naval destroyer.
At least 10,000 people are feared to have been killed and thousands of survivors desperately require aid - but reports say little is getting through.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity.
In a statement, he said the two worst affected provinces, Leyte and Samar, had suffered massive destruction and loss of life.
He authorised the release of emergency relief funds and deployed troops to affected areas.
A huge international relief effort is also under way, but journalists and rescue workers at the scene say reaching areas affected by the storm is difficult.
Bernard Kerblat, who is overseeing the UNHCR response to the crisis, said some aircraft had landed in Cebu but distributing aid was difficult because of bad weather and damaged infrastructure.
\"The rain is further complicating the effort for light vehicles, including trucks, to penetrate in areas wherever there\'s still a bridge left intact.
\"The other bad news is that within the next 72 hours, we should see the arrival of yet another typhoon.\"
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