UK sends helicopter carrier to the Philippines to help after super typhoon Haiyan

Britain will send the helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious to the Philippines to help with relief efforts after super typhoon Haiyan. Cameron said the total amount of British government aid for victims of the typhoon, which is believed to have killed thousands after it struck last Friday, was now in excess of 20 million pounds (around P1.4 billion).

The carrier has seven helicopters–three Lynx, three Sea Kings and one Merlin–which will be used to distribute food and water. It will replace the British destroyer HMS Daring, which joined the aid effort earlier this week. The ship, with a crew of 900, also has equipment for converting sea water to fresh water.

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