A nurse from Huddersfield has flown to the Philippines to help treat survivors of the typhoon disaster.

Debbie Lau, a nurse at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, is part of a 12-strong team of British medics who arrived in the capital Manila as part of Britain’s emergency response to typhoon Haiyan, the Department For International Development (DFID) said.

Debbie said on her arrival: “Through the support of my trust and colleagues within the emergency department at Huddersfield I have been able to respond to the disastrous events in the Philippines and offer any assistance I can.”

She is a nurse based in HRI’s Accident and Emergency department and has previously used her skills to help people in countries hit by natural tragedies.

In 2010, she flew to Haiti after a devastating earthquake hit there, killing more than 159,000 people.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening approved the deployment of members of the UK International Emergency Trauma Register (UKIETR) following a direct request from the Philippines.

Meltham army officer Major Dax Godderidge helps Typhoon Haiyan devastated village in Philippines  

Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious is being sent to the Philippines and British warship HMS Daring arrived yesterday at the crisis zone.

Her crew docked at the island of Cebu ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the areas devastated by the disaster.

HMS Daring’s Lynx helicopter had already spent three days carrying out reconnaissance work to survey the areas not yet reached by international relief teams.

The helicopter will now be used to fly shelter kits, food and medical supplies to those remote areas.

Today, a British Airways jet will depart the UK after offering aid agencies including Oxfam, Save the Children and Unicef the aircraft to fly emergency aid and supplies to the disaster zone.

Authorities have said 3,974 people have been confirmed dead in the disaster, but that figure is expected to rise – perhaps significantly as information is collected.

A number of Britons are missing following Typhoon Haiyan, Foreign Secretary William Hague has confirmed.

Among those feared dead is Colin Bembridge, 61, from Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, who was staying with his Filipino partner Maybelle, 35, and their three-year-old daughter Victoria near the city of Tacloban when the storm struck.

Some £153m has so far been raised worldwide which will go directly to help some of the 11 million people affected.