Kobe Bryant 'heartbroken' by Typhoon Haiyan disaster

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LA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has expressed his sadness at the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, which has accounted for an estimated 10,000 lives after sweeping through the Philippines.

The typhoon struck last Friday and has caused untold destruction and loss of life, with more than 11 million people reported to have been affected by the storm, and nearly 700,000 displaced.

An appeal has been launched by the United Nations for $301 million in relief efforts to aid stricken areas, and numerous prominent figures in the world of celebrity are encouraging people to help where they can.

The likes of David Beckham, Andy Murray and Wayne Rooney have given their support to the relief effort, which has seen ships from a number of nations already deployed to the worst hit areas.

Bryant is one of those to convey his emotions as the relief effort begins, with the NBA legend taking to Twitter to explain that he was '#heartbroken' and urging people to '#PrayForThePhilippines'.

The Lakers shooting guard, meanwhile, remains on the sidelines after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon playing against Golden State in April.

A specified return date for Bryant remains unclear as the 35-year-old bids to fully recover.

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