Hunger in the news

23 September 2011

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rapidly scaling up its life-saving food distributions in flood-hit areas to reach 500,000 people during this month with general food rations.The highly fortified, locally-produced foods designed to tackle undernutrition in young children, will also be distributed in flood-hit areas.WFP Acting Country Director, Dominique Frankefort said “Initial assessment data confirms what we feared that more than half of those affected by the monsoon floods, are critically short of food.”

23 September 2011

One of the greatest challenges facing Pakistan today is the damaged irrigation channels and drainage system, United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director for Asia Kenro Oshidari said on Friday.

23 September 2011

Two million Pakistanis have fallen ill from diseases since monsoon rains left the southern region under several feet of water, the country’s disaster authority said on Thursday. (..) World Food Programme (WFP) Communication Officer Amjad Jamal said, “WFP has continue the process of distribution of ration in four districts.

22 September 2011

Some 3 million people need emergency food assistance in Pakistan after floods crippled the country’s Sindh province, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned. “Initial assessment data confirms what we feared: that more than half of those affected by the monsoon floods are critically short of food,” WFP Acting Country Director Dominique Frankefort said in a statement on Tuesday.

21 September 2011

At least 369 people have died and 700,000 are living in refugee camps because of flooding in southern Pakistan, the country's national disaster authority said Thursday. (..) The United Nations' World Food Programme has been distributing food to thousands of people.

21 September 2011

Around 20,000 families in four districts of flood-hit Sindh province have been provided one month ration during last one week. The World Food Programme (WFP), which has initially targeted five districts in the province, will also start distributing ration in Tharparkar from Friday, Communication Officer of WFP Amjad Jamal said.

21 September 2011

Desperate to save his grandmother from floodwaters swamping southern Pakistan, Ali Ahmed and three other relatives stuck her in a large metal cooking pot and pulled her to safety through neck-high water. (..) The U.N. World Food Program said Tuesday that some 3 million people are in need of food assistance in Sindh.

19 September 2011

(..) The United Nations World Food Program has been distributing food, starting in the hard-hit city of Badin. As of Friday, more than 15,000 people have received assistance, the agency said. The WFP estimated that 73% of food crops in the flood zone and 36% of livestock were lost or destroyed.

18 September 2011

(..) The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday issued an emergency appeal for $135 million to increase food deliveries to areas in Sindh and Balochistan, where three million people are in need of "immediate food assistance". Dominique Frankefort, WFP acting country director, said: "More than half of those affected are facing critical food needs."

17 September 2011

World Food Programme (WFP) has provided almost 600 metric tons of monthly family food ration to 48,000 beneficiaries so far in Badin, Mirpurkhas and Nawabshah districts which are affected by rain and flood. WFP spokesperson Amjad Jamal, told this news agency on Sunday that a total of six NGO partners have been contracted so far, with preparations underway to scale-up distributions across other locations in the coming days.