• Publication date: November 14, 2013

WFP Rice Reaches Typhoon Survivors In Philippines

On Wednesday, 10 tons of High Energy Biscuits – enough to feed around 30,000 people for a day -- were delivered to Tacloban City on board a C-130 transport plane from

(mbc.net) On Wednesday, 10 tons of High Energy Biscuits – enough to feed around 30,000 people for a day -- were delivered to Tacloban City on board a C-130 transport plane from Manila. The biscuits are used in emergencies because they are nutritious, light to transport and need no cooking.

More of the biscuits will be arriving soon, including another 25 metric ton batch which scheduled to be sent to Tacloban on Thursday along with Mobile Storage Units – portable warehouses crucial for the logistics of the humanitarian operation.

At the same time as it brings in emergency food supplies, WFP is also flying important equipment such as prefabricated offices, mobile storage units, generators and radio equipment. This is vital to allow the government and humanitarian community to properly organize the relief operation.

Three WFP IT experts have arrived in Tacloban and will now begin providing communications support to the entire humanitarian relief effort. In the UN system, WFP coordinates the efforts of the humanitarian community in the areas of logistics and emergency telecoms.

On Tuesday the UN launched an appeal for $301m to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. As part of that global action plan, WFP is seeking a total of US$88.2 million for food assistance, and about US$12.8 million for logistics and emergency telecommunications operations.

Over the next six months, WFP plans to provide food assistance for 2.5 million people in the area hit by the typhoon.

If you want to help WFP in this response, you can donate online by going to this link: www.wfp.org/typhoon