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2 October 2009

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo on 2 October ordered the police and military to forcibly evacuate residents on Luzon Island in the direct path of “super-typhoon” Parma. (..) "We are supporting the Philippines Government relief response to ensure that food and other vital supplies reach the growing numbers of people, many of whom have lost almost everything in this disaster," said Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP).


2 October 2009

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is expanding its relief operation to help hundreds of thousands of flood victims in the Philippines (..). “This is a catastrophe for the people of the Philippines and our hearts go out to them,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.


1 October 2009

Days after one storm left hundreds dead and most of Manila under water, the Philippines was bracing itself Thursday for the impact of a super typhoon gathering pace in the western Pacific. (..) The World Food Program said it will provide rations to 180,000 people.


1 October 2009

The Philippines mobilized its armed forces as Supertyphoon Parma headed for the country (..) “All the UN agencies involved in the emergency response, including UNICEF and WFP, are gearing up and replenishing stocks of emergency supplies so that they can respond quickly to any intensification of the emergency,” UN resident coordinator Jacqui Baddock said.


30 September 2009

Responding to the appeal of the Philippines for help, several countries and groups have donated or pledged food, money and technical assistance to avert a humanitarian crisis following the onslaught of Tropical Storm “Ondoy”. Among the first to respond to the appeal were countries such as Australia, China, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, the United States and France, and organizations like the UN World Food Program and World Health Organization.


29 September 2009

The United States has donated $100,000 and deployed a military helicopter and five rubber boats manned by about 20 American soldiers from the country's south, where they have been providing counterterrorism training. The United Nations Children's Fund and the World Food Program have also provided food and other aid.


29 September 2009

The United Nations has assured the Philippine government that it will provide humanitarian assistance to the thousands of Filipinos affected by the massive devastation wreaked by tropical storm "Ondoy" (..). We are deeply saddened by the magnitude of the human suffering caused by this natural calamity and we assure the Philippines Government and its people of our support for a swift and coordinated recovery effort," said Stephen Anderson, WFP Country Representative in the Philippines.


29 September 2009

The Philippines government says 240 people are now known to have died in severe flooding caused by Tropical Storm Ketsana. (..) The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) is sending vital food supplies for 180,000 people to the Philippines. WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said the organisation would support the Philippines to ensure a "swift and coordinated recovery effort".


29 September 2009

Stephen Anderson is the United Nations World Food Program's country director in Manila. He compares the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Ketsana to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the southern United States in 2005. "It was more rain in fact than Hurricane Katrina and you know up to 20 feet of water engulfed some parts of Manila, especially the low lying areas," he said.


29 September 2009

In Manila, millions of residents now live in a world of mud. (..) For today, as international aid pours in from organizations like the Red Cross and the World Food Program, Manila residents are slowly retrieving their homes and livelihoods from the mud.