U.K. Pledges More Support to Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan

The U.K. said it will give “long-term support” to the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan, pledging 11 million pounds ($18 million) to build infrastructure and protect women after the storm killed more than 5,000 people.

The U.K. government will send four extra flights carrying tents, blankets and cooking sets over the next six days, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said in an e-mailed statement today as she visited the Cebu and Tacloban regions.

“I have visited some of the worst-hit areas and heard from survivors who have lost everything,” Greening said in the statement. “The U.K. will be working hard to help build a better future for all the people of the Philippines, including girls and women, who are often the ones who suffer disproportionally in the wake of crises like this.”

The U.K. Department for International Development, together with the Rockefeller Foundation and the Asian Development Bank, are providing 5 million pounds to improve cities with measures such as flood defenses, while 3 million pounds will be allocated to help women, according to the statement. The remaining 3 million pounds will fund food and tools.

The British government has donated more than 50 million pounds to provide shelter, food, water and medicine after the typhoon, the Department for International Development said.

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