Statement By WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, On Devastation In The Philippines Following Deadly Storm

Published on 28 September 2009

WFP is working closely with the authorities in the Philippines, assisting thousands of Filipinos whose lives were devastated after Saturday’s deadly tropical storm tore through the country, flooding people’s homes and destroying assets.

As   an  initial  step, we  will  provide vital  food  rations to approximately  180,000  Filipinos  in  the  worst-affected  areas  who  are struggling to cope with the impact of the storm.

On Sunday, WFP participated in a government-organized helicopter fly-over of the worst affected areas.  A joint rapid needs assessment between the government and UN agencies is currently underway.

I want to assure the people and Government of the Philippines of our support for food assistance as part of a swift and coordinated recovery effort. I am deeply saddened by the loss of lives and want to extend my condolences to families who have lost loved ones and those whose livelihoods have been shattered.

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