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Golf: Philippine event to tee off on Thursday despite typhoon havoc

Published on Nov 12, 2013 5:54 PM
 
A handout photo taken on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013, shows Frankie Minoza of the Philippines playing a shot during an official practice round ahead of the Resorts World Manila Masters at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club in Manila. An international golf tournament will tee off in Manila this week despite chaos in parts of the Philippines after a typhoon ravaged the country, leaving thousands dead and affecting millions more, organisers said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP / PAUL LAKATOS / ASIAN TOUR

MANILA (AFP) - An international golf tournament will tee off in Manila this week despite chaos in parts of the Philippines after a typhoon ravaged the country, leaving thousands dead and affecting millions more, organisers said on Tuesday.

The US$750,000 (S$936,000) Resorts World Manila Masters will go ahead as planned from Thursday to Sunday, the Asian Tour confirmed to AFP, with fund-raising activities to help victims.

A large international aid effort has begun after Super Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the nation's central islands, leaving at least 10,000 people feared dead and 660,000 homeless, according to the United Nations.

Almost 10 per cent of the Philippines' population has been hit by the disaster, with desperate survivors resorting to ransacking aid convoys in some areas.

 
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