In the wake of Typhoon Yolanda that ravaged the province of Leyte in the Philippines, Australia announced a $30 million aid package, including medical personnel and supplies like tarpaulins, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, water containers and hygiene kits.
The U.S.S. George Washington, which carries 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft, left a port visit in Hong Kong, its crew recalled from shore leave. Britain pledged to give $16 million in aid so that up to 500,000 people can obtain temporary shelter. Japan, which suffered a devastating tsunami two years ago, offered $10 million in aid.