Navy’s typhoon mission to remote islands

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British warship HMS Daring arrived yesterday at the crisis zone in the Philippines as part of the UK’s emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan.

The Type 45 destroyer and her crew have docked at the island of Cebu ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the areas devastated by the disaster, the Department for International Aid and Development said.

It has spent the last three days carrying out reconnaissance work in and around the Philippines, using a helicopter to survey the areas which have not yet been reached by international relief teams.

The Lynx helicopter will now be used to fly shelter kits, food and medical supplies to those remote areas.

Members of the 12-strong medical team from the UK, which arrived in the Philippines earlier this week, will also be flown to different areas to treat injured victims of the typhoon.

Save the Children said a barge carrying more than 25 tonnes of aid items and essential household kits was also expected to reach the Asian nation yesterday.

Today, a British Airways jet will depart the UK after offering aid agencies including Oxfam, Save the Children and Unicef the aircraft to fly emergency aid and supplies to the disaster zone.

A number of Britons are missing following Typhoon Haiyan, Foreign Secretary William Hague confirmed. The news came as it emerged that donations to the UK’s charity appeal had reached £33m.

Among those feared dead is Colin Bembridge, 61, from Grimsby, Lincs, who was staying with his Filipino partner Maybelle, 35, and their three-year-old daughter Victoria near the city of Tacloban.

Channel 4 News said Mr Bembridge was visiting his girlfriend’s relatives and had hired a beach house in Baybay, one of the ravaged coastal villages.

The mother of Mr Bembridge’s partner, 79-year-old Lydia, showed the programme the wreckage of the beach house where her daughter and granddaughter were staying, and said they had not been seen since the typhoon struck eight days ago.