Typhoon Haiyan aftermath: HMS Illustrious to help in Philippines aid effort, says David Cameron
The British Navy will send the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious to help with the relief effort following Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines last week.
David Cameron announced the news during a visit to India, and added that the UK had given more than £20m in aid. The Prime Minister said that the ship will replace HMS Daring, which has already been deployed to the 7,000-island nation.
The storm killed least 2,300 people and displaced more than half a million.
The Illustrious is currently in the Gulf and is expected to arrive in the Philippines on 24 November.
Its helicopters may be used to assist with the distribution of food and water to survivors stranded in remote locations, and its facilities to make water drinkable are likely to be in demand in a country where supplies have been badly disrupted by the typhoon.
Mr Cameron said: "What happened in the Philippines is an absolute tragedy.
"You can see the devastation, the suffering, and it's quite clear that we are going to need long-term help for those people."
- 1 Autism 'caused by genetics', study suggests
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Why you should never make assumptions about people with autism
- 4 Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
Bali nine: Welcome to 'Execution Island' – the Indonesian holiday resort where foreigners are sent to die
How Homer Simpson discovered the Higgs boson over a decade before scientists
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Harrison Ford plane crash: Star Wars actor 'seriously injured' after light aircraft crash lands
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
£20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity has now arisen for a Sale...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to continued growth an exce...
£37000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A position has become available...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company has a track record...