Cross-party support for typhoon aid

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Scotland’s political party leaders have set aside their differences to urge Scots to give ­generously to the victims of the Philippines Typhoon.

They called for urgent support for the Disasters Emergency Committee charity appeal to help more than 11 million people affected by the devastation, which has left hundreds of thousands of people with their homes damaged or destroyed, and in desperate need of food, water and shelter.

RAF ground crew prepare to send aid. Picture: PA

RAF ground crew prepare to send aid. Picture: PA

First Minister Alex Salmond said: “The Scottish Government shares the worldwide concern about what has happened in the Philippines and the heart-breaking scenes of the emerging humanitarian crisis that followed in the typhoon’s wake.

“As a government, we are donating £600,000 to ­support the life-saving work of aid agencies.”

Labour leader Johann ­Lamont added: “The sheer scale of this disaster is difficult to comprehend. I would urge Scots to dig deep.”

To make a donation to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal visit http://www.dec.org.uk, call the 24 hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900.