Video from HMS Daring’s helicopter shows scenes of devastation in the Philippines

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These are the scenes of devastation that greeted the flight crew of HMS Daring’s Lynx helicopter when they searched the remote islands of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

The Portsmouth-based warship has arrived in the Philippines to provide disaster relief to the region.

MISSION HMS Daring's Lynx helicopter delivering aid. Picture: Simon Davis/DFID

MISSION HMS Daring's Lynx helicopter delivering aid. Picture: Simon Davis/DFID

Sailors began by flying a number of search missions over the islands to assess the damage.

This video show the scenes they were met with.

Aerial imagery taken from the Lynx show flattened housing, scattered possessions, large vessels blown onto shorelines and the word ‘help’ spelt out in palm leaves on the beach.

They covered a total of 48 islands and 32,200 nautical miles squared.

Using the images that came back, the command team identified several areas that were most desperately in need of aid.

Bantayan Island, Binuluangan Island, Gigante Islands, Pande Azucar Estancia on Panay, and Concepcion Island have all been devastated by the storm, with little left in the way of housing, infrastructure, fresh water and food.

Lieutenant Commander Joe Harper said: ‘We’ve been quite shocked by some of the damage that’s been caused.

‘There are some islands that have been severely damaged.’

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