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Scots give £1m aid to Filipino typhoon victims

SCOTS have donated more than £1 million to help survivors of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines.

The category five storm caused widespread damage across the South Asia archipelago in November, with winds in excess of 150mph.

The typhoon claimed more than 6000 lives — making it the worst disaster in the country's history.

In the four months since the event, people in Scotland have given £1,009,837 to the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) to help with emergency aid in the Philippines.

The donations pay for food, clean water, hygiene kits, shelter and blankets.

Lorraine Currie from SCIAF said: "The overwhelming generosity of Scots has enabled SCIAF and our partners to provide life-saving aid to the many thousands of people whose lives were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

"We are continuing to support survivors and help them on what will be a long road to recovery."

SCIAF is also continuing humanitarian efforts in Syrian, where the refugee crisis has escalated with the country's protracted civil war. Around 100,000 people have reportedly been killed so far, with six million thought to be homeless.

Mrs Currie, added: "The humanitarian crisis that has hit Syria is now having a major impact on the region.

"As the number of people fleeing the terrible violence grows, neighbouring countries are struggling to provide healthcare, schooling, accommodation and work for the refugees and vulnerable members of their own communities.

"SCIAF is helping these groups in what continues to be a desperate situation."

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