The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today that 239,000 families victimized by Typhoon Bopha have received food packs. The Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development and WFP provide the family packs which contain rice and other foods.
Over 6.2 million people have been impacted by the storm with close to a million people displaced and over 200,000 homes damaged or destroyed.
WFP also said today that over 15,000 children aged 6-36 months have been receiving the peanut paste Plumpy’Doz which fights off acute malnutrition.
Debris and drainage clearing were completed with the first emergency food-for-work (FFW) project. Over 200 people received food rations for this work in Compostela, Compostela Valley. Another 25 food-for-work projects are set to take off in the province.
An emergency school feeding program is set to start in the four affected provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Surigao del Sur, and Agusan del Sur. The Department of Education, UNICEF, and WFP are teaming up on this project.
Funding though is still a major problem for WFP. A total of $ US 9.9 million dollars is still needed to carry on the relief effort. WFP is voluntarily funded by governments and the public.