WFP is moving food and supplies to the worst hit areas of the Philippines, following a request by the government for support in coping with the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha (also known as 'Pablo'). Humanitarian needs are rising as teams reach some of the worst hit areas and assess the damage.
According to the Philippines authorities, more than 5,000,000 people have been in some way affected since Typhoon Bopha struck the southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday. More than 300,000 people have been forced from their homes and are camping with relatives and friends or in crowded evacuation centres.
WFP today provided local logistics support to the government within Manila for further deployment to the hardest hit areas. WFP deployed 15 trucks carrying government food and non-food relief items.
The government on Friday requested international humanitarian assistance, particularly in providing food, shelter and in camp management. This followed a preliminary joint Government/UN assessment of the needs of the affected population. In the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, high winds and heavy rain have left a trail of damage and caused serious disruption to people's livelihoods. The provisory death toll stands at more than 400.
WFP has a pre-positioned disaster contingency stock of rice that can be quickly accessed from National Food Authority depots near the affected areas. On Saturday, supplies of specialised nutritious foods to guard against malnutrition as well as high energy biscuits will be dispatched to Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, along with mobile warehouses.