Heavy rains over Haiyan-devastated Philippine provinces

Other News Materials 12 November 2013 06:43 (UTC +04:00)

Areas of the Philippines devastated by one of the world's strongest typhoons were hit by more heavy rain Tuesday, as the authorities vowed to step up relief efforts for millions of survivors in need of food and water, dpa reported.

A tropical depression crossed the southern Philippines with maximum winds of 55 kilometres per hour, the weather bureau said.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said the weather pattern had brought heavy rains over Leyte province, one of the regions hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Thousands are feared to have been killed in the storm.

Speaking to Manila-based DZMM radio, Roxas said disaster relief teams were redoubling their efforts to hasten the delivery of food, water, medicines and other supplies to millions of people affected.

EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said meanwhile that the European Union would allocate an additional 10 million euros (13.4 million US dollars) in assistance for areas devastated by Haiyan, on top of 3 million euros announced previously.