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Philippines typhoon Haiyan causes 'utter devastation'

Oxfam aid workers this week said that the typhoon which struck several Philippines islands had caused “utter devastation”.

It said the islands’ immediate needs are water, food, medicines and shelter.

Super typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines last Friday. Early estimates suggest 4M people are affected and that over 10,000 people may have been killed.

An Oxfam team of aid experts assessing the damage in Daanbantayan, the northern-most tip of Cebu mainland, said today that nearly all the houses and buildings were damaged, power lines were down and there was no electricity. Roads to the area were impassable with trees and housing wreckage lining the highway.

“The scene is one of utter devastation. There is no electricity in the entire area and no water,” said Tata Abella-Bolo, a member Oxfam’s emergency team in Cebu.

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