The Queen has made a personal donation to the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal expressing her “heartfelt condolences” to the victims of one of the worst storms in recorded history.
Her Majesty sent a message to the Filipino President, Benigno Aquino, which said:
“I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of life and devastation caused by the typhoon that hit the Philippines at the weekend.
Prince Philip joins me in offering our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families at this difficult time.
Our deepest sympathies go out to all those whose lives have been affected. Elizabeth R.”
The United Nations has launched a global appeal for aid estimating ($301m) will be needed. Alongside the monarch’s donation, the United Kingdom will donate £15,000,000 to the appeal.
Britain is also deploying a Royal Navy warship that has equipment on it to purify sea water into drinking water, The United States is also sending their aircraft carrier that can hold over 80 aircraft.
It is feared that as many as 10,000 people could have died in this storm and now concern grows for the survivors who are vulnerable to disease.
:: To make a donation to the DEC Philippines Crisis Appeal visit www.dec.org.uk, call the 24-hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office or send a cheque.
You can also donate £5 by texting the word SUPPORT to 70000.