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The typhoon barrelled through the eastern Philippines on Thursday, where it’s believed to have killed more than 10,000 people.

Filipino Australian Association of Queensland president Mauro Somodio said much of the state’s 30,000 strong Filipino community have been affected by the disaster.

The Red Cross is appealing for 87 million Swiss francs ($A84 million) to urgently provide household supplies, such as sleeping bags, water, food and mosquito nets, to 100,000 struggling families.

However that funding will be for initial assistance only, with the appeal expected to expand in coming weeks.

Spokesman Simon Eccleshall said the typhoon was one of the biggest to make landfall, leaving half a million people displaced and directly affecting 9.8 million.

“What we are witnessing unfolding in the Philippines is a major humanitarian catastrophe,” he told a media briefing in Sydney on Tuesday.

Mr Eccleshall said the reco cheap oakley sunglasses very will be lengthy and the Red Cross is looking at years of assistance to help communities get back to normal.

So far one Australian Sydney man and former priest Kevin Lee has been confirmed dead and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade say there have been no other reports of Australians killed.

A DFAT spokesperson said as of Novembe cheap oakley sunglasses r 12 there were 1,623 Australians in the Philippines who had registered with the department.

“Not everyone does, though, and we urge them to,” the spokesperson said.

The agency has received more than 900 calls e cheap oakley sunglasses nquiring about the whereabouts of Australians in the Philippines.

Some are still unaccounted for.

Errol and Margie Mitchell and Chris and Maricel Hesselberg were staying together in Alang Alang, just 18km from Tacloban city, when the typhoon tore through.

Their Australian families are yet to hear from them, but Mr Mitchell’s brother in law Tim Pollock is in better spirits.

He says local media is reporting that 19 people are dead and five are missing in Alang Alang.

“There’s been no other news,” Mr Pollock told AAP.

“None of the relatives, whether it’s in Manila or the US, have heard anything out of there.

“I’m pretty sure they’ve gotten through it, it’s just cheap oakley sunglasses a matter of getting contact from them.”

The Australian government has pledged more than $10 million to the Philippines as well as sending equipment and medicines.

A team on the ground will advise the government if further aid is needed, while a 36 member medical team is also scheduled to fly to typhoon hit areas with equipment to treat up to 4000 patients over a two week period.

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