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Justin Bieber visits Tacloban City, typhoon survivors

Digital writers

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 4:53 PM -

Pop superstar Justin Bieber paid a visit to young survivors of Typhoon Haiyan on Tuesday, shortly after launching a global campaign to help people affected by the devastating storm.

The 19-year-old arrived in Tacloban City en route from Australia armed with clothes, toys and basketballs.

He stopped in at an elementary school that has been transformed into an evacuation centre.

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Beiber took a quick tour of the area and played Christmas songs for about 300 children before taking the performance to an outdoor stage.

"Justin brought a lot of joy, hope and cheer to the hundreds of children who were there," Angela Kearney, UNICEF's emergency co-ordinator for Haiyan response, said in a statement. She added that the money the pop star raises will be used to provide young victims with access to education, vaccinations, better nutrition, clean water and sanitation.

Typhoon Haiyan flattened parts of the Philippines in November, killing at least 6,000 people. To date, more than 1,700 people remain unaccounted for.

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