Philippine typhoon disaster felt in Milton Keynes

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The chairman of the Filipino British Society Milton Keynes has expressed her despair and frustration at not being able to help victims hit by the devastating typhoon in the Philippines.

Merald Yates, whose cousin has been confirmed dead in the disaster, is one of around 3,000 Filipinos living locally.

She is calling on people to help by donating clothes, canned goods and money to those struggling to cope in the aftermath of the disaster..

“There are so many people who have relatives out there. I have two cousins and one has been confirmed dead,” she told the Citizen.

“It is very frustrating as we are over here and we can’t help them. There are people starving and we want to do anything we can to help them.”

Typhoon Haiyan hit the coastal provinces of Leyte and Samar on Friday before heading west, destroying homes on six more islands.

The disaster has affected around 10 million people and it is feared that more than 1,800 have been confirmed dead.

City-based charity World Vision has hundreds of people working on the aid effort and volunteers are set to travel to the affected areas in the next few days.

The Government has also pledged around £10million to the relief effort.

The Filipino Society Milton Keynes has already sent out its first donation of clothes and food to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, but are now calling on as many people as possible to help.

More details can be found by visiting the Facebook Page – The Filipino British Society Milton Keynes – or by calling Merald on 07909 957313.