DESPERATE villagers have been given shelter and fresh drinking water by sailors on board HMS Daring after Typhoon Haiyan.
The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer has been visiting several of the small Philippines islands which have been cut off from the outside world since the disaster.
Hundreds of shelter packs and nearly 1,000 litres of fresh drinking water have been taken by those on board to communities on the islands of Canas, Calagnaan, and Tulunanaun.
HMS Daring’s executive officer, Lieutenant Commander Steven Wall, said: ‘There are people here that are clearly suffering – their wells have been contaminated by sea water and they have no shelter.
‘There have been no fatalities recorded from any of the islands today but they have been living in arduous conditions.
‘People on Tulunanaun island, for example, have been living underneath piles of rubbish to try and escape the elements so there were particularly in need of shelter.
‘Most areas do have food supplies and communities are passing aid around the islands to each other which is good, but we have found some evidence of areas that are just not being reached so there is more to do here.’