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Typhoon Haiyan: WFP Response in Pictures

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As soon as news of the destruction wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan came out, emergency food supplies were prepared at the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai and flown to Manila. DONATE NOW

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From Manilia, the food supplies were flown to Tacloban City, in the worst hit part of the eastern Philippines. The supplies – several tons of High Energy Biscuits -- arrived on Wednesday. DONATE NOW

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Some of the High Energy Biscuits, the first of several hundred tons being flown in, provided comfort to the crowds of families waiting at Tacloban airport to be evacuated. DONATE NOW

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High Energy Biscuits are important in the early days of an emergency because they are light, easy to transport and require no cooking. At a time when energy levels are low, they help keep people's spirits up.  DONATE NOW

Woman in Tacloban with emergency food ration

WFP rice is being distributed to typhoon survivors along with canned food as part of family food packs given out by Philippines government officials. This woman, former health worker Luisita Lumagbas, has just received her. She said she and her family had been struggling to find food in her neighborhood of Tacloban.

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As food was being flown in, WFP officials were taking part in assessment missions to establish the scale of food and other humanitarian needs. Praveen Agrawal, head of the WFP office, was one of the first aid workers to reach Tacloban, just 24 hours after the typhoon. DONATE NOW

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Some of the first WFP staff to arrive in the disaster zone were the emergency telecoms specialists. They play the crucial role of ensuring connectivity for the entire humanitarian operation. DONATE NOW

Emergency telecoms team establish connectivity

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) team has just established connectivity at Tacloban town hall. The ECT, which works to provide communications services for all humanitarian workers, includes teams from WFP (FITTEST), Ericsson Response and, from Luxembourg.

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A key part of WFP’s role is to provide equipment – such as this power generator -- for the humanitarian response and to coordinate the logistics side of the operation. DONATE NOW

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With Tacloban City in tatters, WFP staff have to make do with whatever accommodation is available.

WFP Head Meets Typhoon Survivors In Tacloban

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin flew to the Philippines one week after Typhoon Haiyan struck to see the relief effort at first hand. In this photo she is in an evacuation centre in Tacloban, helping to distribute biscuits to children.

After Typhoon Haiyan tore through the central Philippines on November 9, WFP went into action to support the Philippines government and the international humanitarian response. As well as flying in food supplies, WFP is also providing vital logistics and telecommunications support to the growing aid community. DONATE NOW