From:Bettina LUESCHER    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Dear all,
I am chief spokesperson for the U.N. World Food Programme in the US. We have
started a huge aid operation.
We would like to ask your audience to help us help the typhoon victims.
Here's where:

Here is latest: - thanks!! Bettina

MANILA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is ramping up its
operation in the Philippines, deploying emergency assistance to support the
Government to help people affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

WFP officials joined a UN-Government assessment mission today to survey damage
in Leyte and Samar provinces, and further teams are due to be deployed. WFP is
mobilising food stocks at its humanitarian response depots around the world.

“The devastation we saw in Tacloban today was shocking,” said WFP Representative
and Country Director Praveen Agrawal. “People have lost their homes and
livelihoods, and the damage to infrastructure is substantial. Our thoughts are
with the families affected by this terrible storm, and WFP is ready to assist in
any way it can.”

WFP has mobilised an immediate US$2 million for the response, but will be
appealing for more funds as the needs become clearer. As a preliminary measure,
40 metric tons of fortified biscuits are due to be flown in from Dubai in the
coming days. High Energy Biscuits are often provided in the early days of a
crisis as they are light to transport and do not need cooking. WFP is also
looking at a range of other food commodities to stabilize the nutrition
situation and meet immediate food needs.

WFP’s emergency food stocks in the Philippines are stretched as the organization
has already been assisting people by the recent earthquake in Bohol, as well as
those displaced by fighting in Zamboanga, in addition to regular operations.

WFP is also working with the government to boost logistics and emergency
telecommunications capacity as required.

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Please make a donation now to provide emergency food assistance to families and

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Last
year, WFP reached more than 97 million people in 80 countries with food
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For more information please contact (email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ):
Silke Buhr, Regional Public Information Officer, WFP/Bangkok, Tel.
Charlene Tordesillas, Public Information Officer, WFP/Manila, Tel.
Frances Kennedy, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3725, Tel. Mob.+34 67600806
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel. +44 20 72409001, Mob. +44 7968 008474
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1 646 5566909, Mob. +1 646 8241112
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1 202 6530010 ext. 1149, Mob. +1 202 770


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