The official death toll from Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines a week ago, has risen to 3,621 but the UN believes the figure realistically is at least 4,460. Then of course there is the humanitarian crisis.
Early reports were that 10,000 people had died in the extreme weather event. A police general, Elmer Soria, responsible for that figure has been removed from his post.
Thursday footage showed aid was arriving but some was being stockpiled. The logisitcs of getting aid to the people who need it is problematic. However getting some aid out immediately is essential.
The British government pledged £10million to the Philippines in the aftermath of the typhoon and has sent a warship to the region. The UK has also sent medical teams. The British people as usual have come up trumps. We may complain about aid to countries that we see as pointless help, such as India who has money to waste on joining the space race, but when a country is in genuine need we stump up.
Thursday the Mail Online reported that Brits has donated £23million in two days to the aid effort. That figure is growing all the time.
Also yesterday there was UK news of a petition asking that the Euro Millions jackpot which was not won Tuesday is donated to the rescue effort. It stands at £12million. Whilst I signed the petition, and have no problem doing so, I can see why some may disagree. The petition currently has 123,100 signatures - you can sign here.
Mass burials have begun in the Philippines although Thursday gunshots temporarily halted one.
Opinion: Aid is reportedly trickling through but it needs to be flooding in.