WFP mobilizes to assist Philippines Gov’t in aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan

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The World Food Programme (WFP) top officials in the Philippines have described the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan as devastating and are appealing form support to help met the needs of people made homeless by the 300 kilometre per hour winds and torrential rain.

” The devastation we saw in Tacloban on Saturday was shocking”, said WFP Representative and Country Director Praveen Agrawal after a visit to one of the most affected cities in the east of the country.

WFP officials joined a UN-Government assessment mission to survey the damage in Leyte and Samar provinces and further teams were to be deployed on Sunday.

Hundreds of people are feared dead in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan swept through on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are reported displaced from their homes. Among the worst hit areas were the eastern island of Leyte and the coastal city of Tacloban, which saw buildings flattened in a storm surge.

“People lost their homes and livelihoods, and the damage to infrastructure is substantial”, said Agrawal.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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