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Special service and collections to be held for typhoon victims

Date: 14 November 2013
Special prayers and collections will be held at churches across the diocese this Sunday as congregations respond to the call to help those affected by the devastating Philippines typhoon.

The typhoon, one of the strongest storms to ever hit land, has torn apart the lives of more than 11 million people in the Philippines who are now in urgent need of food, water and emergency shelter.

Within the first 48 hours of The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launching an appeal on Tuesday the total reached £23million, but much more is desperately needed.

The DEC said its members, which include Christian Aid and the UK’s other leading aid agencies, were discovering destruction and need on a massive scale.

Surrey's Christian Aid regional coordinator Laura Mead said: “We have experienced field staff who are saying they have never seen anything like it. Our Philippines country manager has reported back from Leyte island that there is almost 100% destruction in Tacloban with no accommodation or power, communications down and the water supply is affected.

“She tells us that people are wandering the streets looking for any food they can find and the rain keeps on coming.

"We are deeply grateful for the support from churches across the diocese. DEC members are doing all they can to get aid through but we need a huge injection of funds in order to do so. Just £25 will provide water purification tablets for ten families for a month, £50 will feed a family for two weeks and £100 will provide emergency shelter and bedding for one family. We are urging the public to please do whatever they can.”

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.

Stay up to date with developments in the Philippines, the emergency response and the DEC’s fundraising efforts on twitter: http://twitter.com/decappeal or on Facebook via http://www.facebook.com/DisastersEmergencyCommittee

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