ROME — The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a logistics operation to support the Government of Japan's delivery of relief items to victims of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.
"Today WFP stands with Japan — one of the most generous humanitarian nations on earth that has always been there when others have needed help," said WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran. "WFP's emergency operation is a direct response to the government's request for help in meeting the epic logistical challenges they face in their heroic rescue efforts."
WFP's logistics experts are helping to rush relief supplies to affected areas, where some 350,000 people are estimated to be staying in 2,100 shelters. In addition to deploying logistical expertise, WFP is also arranging the delivery of mobile warehouses to store relief items that will help those worst affected by the disaster.
For the first time ever, the entire US$1.17 million required to support WFP's operation was raised through donations from the general public, companies and their employees, with sufficient funds mobilised within 36 hours of WFP launching an appeal. Nearly half of the operational budget was donated to WFP by the American Red Cross.
Alongside the members of the general public who responded to an on-line appeal, WFP's Japan operation is being supported by the WFP South Korean Ambassador Against Hunger, Jang Dong Gun, Mars Japan, PepsiCo Foundation, Royal Canin Japan, Thai Channel 3, Unilever, Vodafone Foundation, the Wm Wrigley Junior Company Foundation and the Yum! Brands Foundation.
Moreover, the international express and mail delivery company, TNT, helped to transport items to areas hit by the quake and tsunami. Working with TNT, WFP has coordinated the delivery of 59,000 blankets flown into Tokyo's Narita airport from Canada, India and Thailand.
WFP has built up decades of experience in delivering food and other relief items in the most challenging environments. On any given day, WFP operates 60 aircrafts, 40 ships, and 5,000 trucks around the world. Thanks to our long track record in providing logistics support, WFP is mandated to lead logistics operations by United Nations agencies and nongovernmental organizations whenever a humanitarian emergency strikes.
Reaching the needy: WFP logistics
On any given day, WFP has 60 planes in the air, 40 ships on the high seas and 5,000 trucks on the roads, delivering aid to some of the most remote places on earth. For more information, go to our logistics page.