Congo, DR

Published on 28 August 2009

WFP is carrying out an emergency operation in Orientale Province to assist more than 160,000 displaced people and has already air-dropped more than 1,000 t of food assistance into Dungu since May.

WFP begins operations in Bas Uele. WFP has started a second wave of airdrops in Orientale Province. On 17 August 2009 an aircraft started two rotations per day (from Gulu in Uganda) to deliver a total of 157 mt of food assistance to 10,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) and host families in Dingila, Bas Uele. The operation will last one week.

In Orientale Province, transport of food by road continues, but is hampered by the duration of the trips due to bad roads and bad weather. Several new road transport options are also being explored to supply sites in Haut and Bas Uele. WFP has established a logistics base in Aru, on the border with Uganda. Food will be transhipped at the Ugandan border and sent to distribution sites all along the route between Aru, Ariwara, Aba, Faradje and Dungu.

Due to increased displacements of populations caught in fighting in South Kivu, WFP has doubled its food assistance to reach 250,000 people each month. WFP is currently distributing food assistance through partner Malteser International to more than 1,000 households per day in Ihembe. The Shabunda airlift operation in South Kivu was successful with 190 tons of food airlifted from Bukavu to Shabunda centre to assist 11,400 displaced people. Increasing insecurity is reported in Uvira territory, South Kivu, where around 50,000 displaced have been identified recently.