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First Relief Shipments On The Ground In The Philippines

Earlier this week, as residents of the Philippines began cleaning up the destruction wrought by Typhoon Ketsana, the UNHRD team in Brindisi was busy loading and dispatching relief supplies to the area. After several days of transit the supplies are now on the ground and currently being distributed through the appropriate channels.

When A Bucket Is Not A Bucket - Standardizing Relief Items: Part II

In Part I of this series we sketched the outline of an imaginary emergency: A mountainous area in Central Asia had been hit by an earthquake causing major structural damage and significant loss of life. In our scenario the roads in the region were heavily damaged which limited access to the outside world and humanitarian relief efforts had kicked off with a massive airlift of relief items.

When A Bucket Is Not A Bucket – Standardizing Relief Items: Part I

Earthquake in Faristan – Flash #1- October 3 2010 10:20 GMT.
Two hours ago, we experienced 7.8 earthquake with the epicenter in “Faraway”, one of the mountaneous regions in our country. We have reports of major structural damages and significant loss of life in the two district capitals, each with 200,000 inhabitants.
The structural damage includes destruction of vital road, power, communications, water and sanitation infrastructures. Houses and public facilities are said to have been severely damaged, if not totally destroyed. 

Alastair Cook - Logistics In The Mountains Of Malawi

Several weeks ago we published the first in a series of posts highlighting the work of WFP Logistics Officer, Alastair Cook. It has been a while since Alastair worked in Malawi but we thought we'd bring attention to the situation in the country for our second post.

Gallery: WFP Consultant Diego Fernandez Photographs The World

Diego Fernandez works as a consultant for WFP’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OMEP) in Rome. Prior to his arrival at headquarters Diego held various positions in the field in both Sudan and Indonesia.

The Last Airlift To Akobo, South Sudan

We just received an update from Mats Persson, WFP's Head Of Sub-Office in Bor, South Sudan:

Humanitarian logistics: as we are all in it together

I got to know WFP when I started as an aidworker for IFRC in Angola back in 1994. I remember the only way I could send my telecoms cargo to remote upcountry locations, was on planes managed by WFP and UNDPKO (UN peacekeeping). The only way I could fly to Ambriz, a totally isolated enclave north of Luanda, was with a WFP plane.

Sudan: When the weather gets bad

Up here at HQ in Rome, everyone runs around with a sad face. Summer is over. We had the first fall rains and thunderstorms. Temperatures dropped by that bit, turning "comfortable" into "chilly" in the evenings... I mean... look at that weather forecast... Only one day of sun in the next 10 days.

WFP Commences Operations At Gwadar Port, Pakistan

On August 6th, 2009 the bulk freighter M/V Yuehai, with 42,855 Metric Tons (MT) of wheat onboard, left the Port of Dunkerque bound for Karachi, Pakistan.  For years various bulk shipments have made their way from this port bound for WFP programs around the world, but this time what would happen to this shipment at the other end was anything but routine.