The remains of homes by a road in Tacloban, a city in the east of the Philippines. Many cities across the central part of the country were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, which packed winds of around 315 km/h. In the wake of the storm, getting food to the affected families is a priority. Donate here
(Photo: AFP Photo/Noel Celis)
WFP is working closely with the Philippines government to coordinate emergency relief efforts in the wake of a powerful typhoon that that ripped through the central part of the country on Friday, killing at least four people and causing massive destruction. Donate now
Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, made landfall 600km southeast of Manila on Friday morning. It is expected that the typhoon will pass across the country before leaving the Philippine landmass on Saturday morning.
WFP estimates that some 2.5 million people will require immediate food assistance in the aftermath of the typhoon. The UN agency will participate in a Government-led initial needs assessment to be conducted on 10 November. Based on the results, WFP will do more in-depth assessments in priority areas in order to determine the extent of food assistance needs.
The Philippines government has pre-positioned emergency relief supplies in the areas along the typhoon's path and is conducting pre-emptive evacuations.
WFP representatives in the Philippines met with the lead government agency in charge of relief response on Thursday, discussing the priorities of government-led relief efforts and offering support to disaster response activities.