GENEVA / TYPHOON ODETTE AFTERMATH

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Three weeks after super Typhoon Odette devastated a huge swathe of the Philippines, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned of a severe nutrition and food crisis in hard-hit communities if immediate food needs are not met over the coming six months. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / TYPHOON ODETTE AFTERMATH
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DATELINE: 07 JANUARY 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Brenda Barton, Country Director Philippines, World Food Programme (WFP): “The needs are increasing every day, so from the time that the humanitarian needs, and priority were started that was launched on December 24, the needs have gone from 2 million people affected of up to 7
million people. There are still many, many areas that we have not been able to reach, many areas without telecoms, still today without electricity. I think 18 municipalities still don’t have water, and of course we are seeing incidents with diarrhoea.”

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3. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Brenda Barton, Country Director Philippines, World Food Programme (WFP): “We are really seeing a combination of factors on the ground that are of grave concern. The Philippines is
already a country that has had stagnant and high levels of poverty and malnutrition in the particular area that was hit. One of the islands was a very famous tourist area, famous for surfing, people came from all over the world. In those areas 90 to 95 percent of the houses has been destroyed.”

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5. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations

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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Brenda Barton, Country Director Philippines, World Food Programme (WFP):
“It started as a tropical storm and it quickly evolved into a super typhoon and it just ripped across an area that is enormous just really erasing things to the ground, houses to the ground. The area that I saw there was no building that was untouched, no house without a roof. All houses were without roofs and it was heart-breaking because it was on Christmas eve and the Filipino community comes together and celebrates Christmas.”

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7. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations

07 JANUARY 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Brenda Barton, Country Director Philippines, World Food Programme (WFP): “We have continued rains, we have communities that cannot go into their houses, they are living in evacuation centres and Covid, just like in other parts of the world, is now - of course - starting to rip through the Philippines with its highly dense population.”

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9. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations

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Three weeks after super Typhoon Odette devastated a huge swathe of the Philippines, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today (7 Jan) warned of a severe nutrition and food crisis in hard-hit communities if immediate food needs are not met over the coming six months.

“The needs are increasing every day, so from the time that the humanitarian needs, and priorities were
started that was launched on December 24, the needs have gone from 2 million people affected of up to
7 million people,” said Brenda Barton, WFP’s Country Director for the Philippines at a press briefing at the United Nations in Geneva.

She added that “there are still many, many areas that we have not been able to reach, many areas without telecoms, still today without electricity. I think 18 municipalities still don’t have water, and of course, we are seeing incidents with diarrhoea.”

Food security and malnutrition rates before typhoon Odette hit the Philippines were already high in areas
like Caraga region where 53 percent of families were unable to afford a nutritious diet while childhood
stunting was 36 percent.

WFP requires USD 25,8 million to provide food assistance to 250,000 typhoon survivors. Of this, USD 20.8 million is needed for food and cash transfers over the coming 6 months. Three weeks into the crisis, WFP so far has only received USD 4.7 million.

“We are really seeing a combination of factors on the ground that are of grave concern”, said Barton. “The Philippines is already a country that has had stagnant and high levels of poverty and malnutrition in the particular area that was hit”. Barton added that “one of the islands was a very famous tourist area, famous for surfing, people came from all over the world. In those areas 90 to 95 percent of the houses has been destroyed.”

Typhoon Odette was the strongest typhoon that hit the Philippine archipelago in 2021. Notwithstanding its
relatively low death toll, Typhoon Odette (known internationally as Rai), had been devastating. It had made landfall nine times over the course of two days in mid-December in an area the size of Austria.

“It started as a tropical storm and it quickly evolved into a super typhoon and it just ripped across an
area that is enormous just really erasing things to the ground, houses to the ground”, Barton
recalled. “The area that I saw there was no building that was untouched, no house without a roof.

All houses were without roofs and it was heart-breaking because it was on Christmas eve and the Filipino
community comes together and celebrates Christmas.”

The situation is worsening due to rains and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have continued rains, we have communities that cannot go into their houses, they are living in
evacuation centres and Covid, just like in other parts of the world, is now of course starting to rip
through the Philippines with its highly dense population”, said Barton.
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