ROME – As the enormity of the needs in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan becomes clear, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food supplies, as well as logistics and telecommunications support to the overall relief operation.
“We need to make sure that the humanitarian community works together with the Government of the Philippines and coordinates efforts so we can reach as many people as quickly as possible,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.
Broadcast quality video: Here is a link from which you can download footage of the UN assessment mission in Tacloban, Philippines on 9 November. It includes aerials:
Photos: Here is a link to download stills photos from the same assessment and shots of 44 metric tons of High Energy Biscuits (HEBs) which have arrived in the Philippines for airlift to the storm-ravaged city of Tacloban. HEBs are precious in the early stages of an emergency as they are nutritious, need no cooking and are easy to transport.
• WFP is organising airlifts from its network of humanitarian emergency hubs, particularly from Dubai, UAE and Subang, Malaysia.
• WFP is providing airlifts to humanitarian groups. From the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Dubai, it has dispatched shelter items to Cebu on behalf of Catholic Relief Services and another consignment of shelter equipment will leave Tuesday on behalf of Irish Aid. WFP is also coordinating cargo space for the Italian government.
• Of the initial 201 metric tons of High Energy Biscuits allocated for the first phase of the response, 44 metric tons have arrived in Manila for onward transport to Tacloban.
• The remaining 161 metric tons are expected in the Philippines in the coming days.
• WFP will provide 1,000 metric tons of these biscuits in the early stages of the response because they are light, nutritious, easy to transport and do not require cooking.
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