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UK sends more aid to the Philippines

Six more aid flights from the UK to the Philippines will be sent next week, upping the total of aid to the equivalent of $89 million.

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Messages are painted on a demolished street in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 13, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Kevin Frayer/AFP/Getty Images)

Six UK aid flights will head to the Philippines next week, carrying over 1,400 tents and other supplies — upping the total of aid from the UK to the typhoon-stricken Asian nation to £55m, or around $89 million. 

Four cities in the Philippines affected by the devasation will be given a total of £5 million each to aid in their rescue efforts, while £3 million given through the UN and the Red Cross would specifically assist female survivors, wrote AFP. 

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British International Development Secretary Justine Greening said humanitarian efforts would not "stop here," according to the BBC, while noting that women and girls "are often the ones who suffer disproportionally in the wake of crises like this."

Bodies are still being recovered over two weeks since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, killing thousands with a death toll that's expected to rise as recovery effect continue.

 The death toll had reached 5,235 on Sunday morning, wrote the New York Times, with 1,613 missing and 23,501 injured.

Not all the news was gloomy. Legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is set to fight on Sunday in Macau, a match that will likely cheer the spirits of his recovering nation.

 "The Pacquiao fight gives us inspiration even though we have been suffering from the typhoon. I hope he wins," said survivor Vergara, 50, to Reuters

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