The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing urgently needed food, supplies and logistics support to boost the Philippine government’s emergency response to help thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by Tropical Storm Washi, which battered Northern Mindanao over the weekend.
ROME-- The government has requested WFP to provide food assistance and other support to the worst-affected people, many of whom have no access to food and clean drinking water.
“WFP is rapidly moving food from our warehouses in Mindanao to help people who have been made homeless because of these floods,” said WFP Philippines Country Director, Stephen Anderson. “We are working with the government to provide vital emergency food rations to help those who have lost their homes and belongings in areas where there has been the most extensive devastation from the flooding.”
WFP’s initial response to date includes:
• The rapid delivery of high-energy biscuits, enough to feed more than 7,800 people in evacuation centres in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. Additional high-energy biscuits for 65,000 people are currently being mobilized.
• Distribution of nutritious ready-to-use supplementary food (Plumpy’ Doz) particularly targeted at 15,000 children under 5 years of age.
• Logistical support to the government’s relief effort, including the deployment of a mobile storage tent and delivery of water tanks, blankets, tarpaulins and tents for people who have been displaced by the storm waters.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines, out of the 285,000 persons displaced by floods, some 43,000 are sheltering at 62 evacuation centres. WFP is most concerned about people who still remain inaccessible and will work closely with the government’s Department of Social Welfare and Development and other agencies to reach them. The death toll has risen to 957 people, with others still missing.