Philippines: WFP Distributes High Energy Biscuits To Support Govt Assistance To Typhoon Victims
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Published on 1 October 2011

Children receiving HEBs in Nueva Ecija

Photo: WFP Philippines/KC Co

In support of government relief efforts, WFP is providing immediate food assistance to communities affected by Typhoon Nesat in Northern Luzon. Flooding in the wake of the typhoon has caused displacement and damaged livelihoods in several areas of the island.

NORTHERN LUZON – In the aftermath of Typhoon Nesat (locally known as “Pedring”) which battered the Philippines on Tuesday and has affected over two million people in Luzon, the northernmost island of the country,  WFP is distributing High Energy Biscuits (HEBs) to augment government efforts to provide relief in areas north of Manila that are still flood-affected.

“WFP is contributing 100 tons of HEBs to directly support and complement  the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) ongoing relief efforts for priority flood-affected provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bataan and Zambales,” says Stephen Anderson, WFP Philippines Country Director and Representative.

WFP has already delivered 100 tons of HEBs to affected areas - enough for  50,000 families (approximately 250,000 people) who cannot easily cook food. Distributions, which have already started in Bulacan, are expected to be completed by Monday.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), over 370,000 people have been displaced because of Typhoon Nesat. The storm has also caused extensive damage to infrastructure and agriculture livelihoods in some areas.  From this morning, another typhoon – Typhoon Nalgae (locally known as “Quiel”) has made landfall in the northern Philippines, and heavy rains are being reported, adding to the challenges already facing flood-affected populations.