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WFP's Aviation Safety Unit Receives Award For Its Outstanding Achievements

Exactly ten years ago on a cool November morning a WFP chartered twin prop aircraft lifted off from Rome's Ciampino airport en route to Pristina, Kosovo. Onboard were WFP staff, Italian citizens and personnel from several other humanitarian organizations including several from the United Nation Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). All had just made their way out of the city, along the roadway which cordons Rome and were on their way to a busy day inside the recent war zone.

First Person Account Of WFP Operations In Samoa Immediately Following September's Devastating Tsunami

On the evening of October 5th, WFP Logistics Officer David Allen stepped off a plane on the island of Samoa exactly one week after a powerful tsunami devastated parts of the island nation. The following is his account of the humanitarian logistics response that took place in the days and weeks following the disaster.

TNT Provides Airlift Support To WFP In The Philippines

Shortly after Tropical Storm Ketsana hit the northern Philippines and within days of Typhoon Parma making landfall on 3 October, WFP staff were on the phone with TNT personnel discussing with TNT the transport of 200 metric tonnes (MT) of High Energy Biscuits (HEBs) to support WFP operations in the devastated island nation.

The Treasures Of Mogadishu Port

WFP teams in Somalia have been working hard these past couple of months to rehabilitate the port in - Mogadishu, Somalia. Considerable progress has been made with removing the debris left after years of conflict and by the destructive force of storms including the 2004 Tsunami.

'That Others May Live' - Part II

In his second post from the field, WFP's Deputy Chief of Aviation, Philippe Martou writes to tell us about the role that he and his team played at the beginning of the week in an urgent food distribution program in the mountains east of Manila. The area was hit hard by Tropical Storm Ketsana in September and subsequent storms Parma and Lupit.

WFP's Relief Operations In Padang, Indonesia

The WFP team in Padang, Indonesia has sent us photos of their work setting up operations at the local airport following last month's devastating earthquake.

WFP Teams In The Philippines Preparing for Typhoon Lupit

WFP teams in the Philippines are preparing for the arrival of Typhoon Lupit. The typhoon is due to hit the northern tip of the country tomorrow evening.

'That Others May Live' - WFP Helicopters Delivering Food And Supplies In The Philippines

WFP's Deputy Chief of Aviation, Philippe Martou, wrote us last night about his experiences in the Philippines where WFP is providing helicopter airlift support to relief operations following Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon Parma.

UNHAS Helicopters Now Operational In The Skies Over Manila

Last Friday, two Russian built Mi-171 helicopters were transported from Antalia, Turkey to an airbase in the Philippines onboard an Ilyushin 76.

When a bucket is not a bucket - Standardizing relief items: Part III

In Part I and Part II of this series we presented examples which made it clear why there is a need for standardizing the nomenclature and reference numbering of relief items.