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6:01am 12th November 2013

People from the Philippines living in Cornwall face a desperate wait for news from family and friends.

It is after the the typhoon swept through - leaving up to ten thousand people dead.

Rose Salvador lives in Perranporth and has been watching what has been going on at home. She said: "It is unexplainable really. Because people are just like animals that have been swept away by the sea, by the waves. The waves were three floors high - there are so many dead."

She told Pirate FM many parents leave their children with grandparents in order to work abroad and send money home - and that means many face a desperate wait for news: "[One woman] is like a zombie, just walking to and fro. She doesn't know what to do. The parents of her grandchildren don't know yet - they don't know the children have been swept away. It's really hard."

Britain is sending ten million pounds of aid - while a Royal Navy destroyer and RAF transport aircraft have been ordered to the area.

Helston charity Shelterbox is rushing in extra supplies.

Spokesman Mark Nicholson said: "Fortunately we've got a good model with stock prepositioned all around the world. We will keep on deploying aid until we feel we've done enough to make a difference or until the sheer logistics of it stop us.

"What you are seeing is major destruction, a lack of food, a lack of water - a major need for aid."

He told Pirate FM aid teams on the ground were shocked by the scenes greeting them: "They're well used to dealing with horrifying sights like that. But this one was just off the scale - a three hundred mile wide punch from the air and you've seen the devastation on the ground."

6:01am 12th November 2013

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