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A day-by-day look at Canada's relief efforts in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines

11/19/2013 03:28 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST
OTTAWA - The Canadian Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team is at work in the Philippines helping with recovery in the wake of typhoon Haiyan. Here's a brief timeline detailing Canada's relief efforts so far:

Nov. 7: Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful ever recorded, makes landfall in the Philippines, killing thousands and leaving millions homeless.

Nov. 11: Canadian government announces $5 million in aid for Philippines, pledges to match individual donations.

Nov. 11: Canadian government announces it will dispatch the DART, a quick-response team of medics, technicians and engineers that can provide medical services, infrastructure reconstruction and clean water for up to 40 days to bridge the gap between a disaster and restoration of normal services.

Nov. 13: First elements of the team land in the Philippines.

Nov. 15: Canadians are establishing a base in the city of Roxas, on the island of Panay southeast of Manila. Medical teams beginning to fan out to neighbouring communities.

Nov. 16: As more troops arrive, Canadians officially begin working in the Panay island provinces of Capiz and Iloilo.

Nov. 17: First two of three Griffon helicopters are dispatched to the Philippines to provide transport to outlying communities and isolated islands.

Nov. 18: Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces another $15 million in aid.

Nov. 19: International Development Minister Christian Paradis clarifies that the $15 million announced by Harper is a contribution to match individual donations

Nov. 19: First water purification unit arrives in theatre. The reverse osmosis unit can purify 50,0000 litres of water a day.

Nov. 19: About 300 Canadian military personnel are on the ground on Panay, with more en route.