WFP food airdrops in DRC to reach 130,000 people

Published on 20 May 2009

The UN World Food Program (WFP) has started air dropping food into Dungu in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) since this weekend to reach more than 130,000 displaced people and their host families cut off by heavy seasonal rains. (..) "This is the only way left to us. We have ferried in as much as we could by plane and truck, but the rainy season has made landing planes almost impossible at times and road conditions extremely difficult. We have to be sure people get the life-saving food they need," said Abdou Dieng, WFP Country Director for DR Congo.

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