US folk-rock sensation The Lumineers will make their South African debut this December and we can't wait!

GoPro footage of South African orphanage goes viral with more than 150 000 views in one week

George Clooney says Typhoon Haiyan is 'a terrible disaster'

2013-11-11 11:32
 
george clooney
Beverly Hills - The mounting death toll in the Philippines weighed heavily on the minds of George Clooney and Idris Elba, honoured at the Britannia Awards on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Clooney said he was following the news about Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippines on Friday. As many as 10 000 people are believed dead in one Philippine city alone from one of the worst storms ever recorded.

"It's a terrible disaster," said Clooney on the red carpet.

The Gravity actor said he believes celebrities will rally in support of those affected by the typhoon, as they did for earthquake-ravaged Haiti and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

"We did the Golden Globes a week before we did the Haiti telethon and we were able to sort of rally some troops around and we'll see what goes on from here and see what we're able to do. It's just happened a day ago so we're figuring it out," Clooney said.

'I'm so, so upset about'

The Academy Award winner added that while there is no way to know if global warming was responsible for the typhoon, denying the existence of climate change is "ridiculous".

"Well it's just a stupid argument," Clooney told reporters. "If you have 99 percent of doctors who tell you 'you are sick' and 1 percent that says 'you're fine,' you probably want to hang out with, check it up with the 99. You know what I mean? The idea that we ignore that we are in some way involved in climate change is ridiculous. What's the worst thing that happens? We clean up the earth a little bit?"

Fellow honoree Elba echoed Clooney, calling on the "world community" to "pitch in" and "help as much as we can".

"I'm so, so upset about what's happened there. I mean it's such a tragic tragedy," Elba said. "My thoughts to all the people and people who have lost their homes and all the deaths."

- AP

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Recent News

American Pie actor, Jason Biggs, found himself in hot water after tweeting a joke shortly after the crash of Malaysian Airline flight MH17. Read More »

The reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, has said she didn't authorise a new memoir about her life. Read More »

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.