The devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has claimed thousands of lives and left millions in need of assistance. With roads blocked and airports destroyed, the first challenge is to overcome the logistical hurdles standing in the way of the relief effort.
“The main challenges right now are related to logistics. Roads are blocked, airports are destroyed. As the UN agency leading the humanitarian community’s Logistics Cluster, WFP is working with the government to set up operational hubs and organize airlifts of essential supplies,” WFP Country Director in the Philippines Praveen Agrawal said.
An initial shipment of 44 metric tons of high-energy biscuits (HEBs), or enough for about 120,000 people, were the first delivery of food items sent by WFP. HEBs are precious in the early stages of an emergency as they are nutritious, easy to transport and don't require cooking.