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Christian Aid: Church has played "major role" in rebuilding after Typhoon Haiyan two years on

by Aaron James

The aid charity's stressed that there's still much to do, with thousands of homes still needing to be built, and the death toll still fluctuating.

Typhoon Haiyan was the most powerful typhoon to have ever hit the Philippines when it struck from November 3-11 2013.

Around 6300 died in the disaster, with more than a thousand still missing and tens of thousands still without a permanent home.

It prompted a coalition of charities, known collectively as the Disasters Emergency Committee, to launch an appeal which raised £97m in the UK.

Andrew Hogg, Head of Media at Christian Aid, told Premier: "You've still got many thousands of people still living in temporary accommodation, you've still got unidentified bodies being found... the death toll still remains imprecise.

"Christian Aid is still involved on the ground. We're helping people in temporary accommodation shore up that accommodation, we're advising on the optimum places for rebuilding, we're trying to provide alternative livelihoods.

"Faith-based organisations have played a major role. The Roman Catholic Church there has a significant presence. Their agencies have been working just as hard as everybody else."

Listen to Premier's Aaron James speaking to Andrew Hogg here:

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