Philippines Interior Secretary Mar Roxas
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Typhoon Haiyan: Mar Roxas on 'swept away' infrastructure

15 November 2013 Last updated at 08:24 GMT

A senior government minister in the Philippines has been defending its response to a typhoon which has left thousands of people dead and many more desperate for aid.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas says aid has taken longer to arrive because the "first and second layers of first responders were literally swept away" along with social structures.

He said: "The basic infrastructure of any community that is normally found in any part of the world has been swept away."