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WFP's response after Tropical Storm Ketsana hits the Philippines

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With a contribution of more than US$580,000 from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), WFP has immediately purchased high energy biscuits and rice to assist victims of Tropical Storm Ketsana.

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WFP Philippines Country Director Stephen Anderson and WFP National Ambassador against Hunger KC Concepcion receive the 1st consignment of food (biscuits) at the Manila's NAIA International Airport on October 3,
2009. The biscuits willgo to 11,700 children under 5 years of age.

High Energy Biscuits

High Energy Biscuits are wheat-based biscuits which provide 450 kilocalories of energy and at least 10 grams of protein per 100 grams. They are fortified with vitamins and minerals.(Copyright: WFP/Rein Skullerud)

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A young resident of Manila tries to get some of the flood water out of his home.

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Three days after Typhoon Ketsana hit the area around Manila, residential areas were still awash.

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Hundreds of thousands of people whose homes are still flooded have had to take shelter in schools and host communities.

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It remains unclear when people will be able to return to their homes. In the meantime they are dependent on WFP and the government for food.

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Despite the logistical challenges, WFP aims to feed one million people in the Philippines during October.