WFP to Assist Hurricane-affected Communities in Cuba

Published on 28 October 2008

WFP is gearing up to assist 1.78 million Cubans affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which pummeled the island in late August and early September.

WFP is gearing up to assist 1.78 million Cubans affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which pummeled the island in late August and early September. The newly approved emergency operation will support the Cuban government as it responds to communities needing food assistance in areas that bore the brunt of hurricane damage.

WFP is playing an important role helping people who suffered great losses in the storms

Sonsoles Ruedas, WFP Representative in Cuba

"WFP is playing an important role helping people who suffered great losses in the storms," said Sonsoles Ruedas, WFP Representative in Cuba, adding that these were two of the worst hurricanes to strike Cuba in the past fifty years.

Rice, beans, canned fish

Over the next six months, WFP will provide food rations - comprised of rice, beans, vegetable oil, canned fish and CSB (a blended food compound of maize and soy fortified with vitamins and minerals) – at a cost of US$5.7 million.

As well as providing rations to communities that have been affected by the hurricanes, WFP will supply temporary food storage warehouses and liquid gas stoves to people who lost cooking facilities in the storms.

"Generosity of donors"

"As on previous occasions, we trust in the generosity of donors to carry out this operation which will allow us to provide assistance to affected populations," added Ruedas.

The new emergency operation will be carried out in close collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation (MINVEC) which will coordinate the timely distribution of commodities at a national level along with the Ministry of Domestic Trade (MINCIN).