Hunger in the news

17 January 2011

Victims of flooding in Sri Lanka have besieged a government office in the east of the country, accusing officials of holding back relief supplies. (..) The UN's World Food Programme is giving out dry food rations to people still displaced as well as those going home. The WFP is expected to shift emphasis this week to organising clean-ups and repairing damaged irrigation systems.

14 January 2011

Aid workers scrambled to help more than a million people in Sri Lanka suffering from massive flooding described by the government as the worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. (..) The U.N. World Food Programme said it was "facing major breaks in food supplies." It said rations for people returning home after the war has been significantly reduced since October.

12 January 2011

Floods caused by heavy rainfall in Sri Lanka have affected nearly a million people, including more than 127,000 displaced from their homes, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today, quoting figures provided by the Government. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has re-allocated funds to support the Government’s aid efforts, and will provide 735 metric tons of food assistance to feed approximately 400,000 of those affected, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

10 January 2011

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it will provide emergency food assistance to flood affected people in Sri Lanka. Nearly 8,000 houses were damaged by the latest wave of the floods caused by heavy rains and about 70,000 people are now being housed in emergency relief camps.

10 January 2011

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing emergency food assistance for nearly 400,000 persons in the Eastern Province who have been affected badly by the floods.Ms. Diluka Piyasena of WFP told our news sources that the food assistance would consist of some 735 tons of dry rations, including rice, dhal, sugar and pulses.

9 January 2011

At first glance Adora Vitak might look like your average American teenager in blue jeans and trainers peering through her glasses but in fact, she became the world’s first youngest teacher at the tender age of 11 years. (..) “It’s my first time to Sri Lanka but I can understand why good nutrition is important for children to study because education is the way forward offering a better future for the under-privileged,” said Adora. She was in our country to promote good nutrition among schoolchildren by being an ambassador for the World Food Program by promoting the ‘Free Rice’ campaign.

1 January 2011

The United States has provided Sri Lanka US$ 5.5 million worth of emergency food aid to support the return of refugees displaced by the ethnic war in the north, a statement said. The donation by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) consisted of 6,740 metric tons of wheat flour, pulses and vegetable oil. It will support the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to meet the essential food needs of 300,000 people displaced by the war which ended in May 2009.

15 December 2010

Food security in northern Sri Lanka remains fragile, according to preliminary findings by the World Food Programme (WFP). Of 1,755 households surveyed in five districts - including Mullaitivu, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Killinochi and Mannar - the majority spend more than 65 percent of their income on food.

10 December 2010

Some 19 months since the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war, over 325,000 civilians displaced by the final bout of fighting between late 2007 and May 2009 have returned to live in their villages or with their relatives. (..) There is more bad news. Due to funding difficulties, the World Food Programme (WFP) has halved the wheat flour and sugar in the dry rations it deliver.

15 November 2010

United Nations aid, food and development agencies have joined hands with the government of Sri Lanka in assessing the basis needs of the people in parts of the capital, Colombo, and other areas, where record rains caused flash floods, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Friday.(..) The DMC is carrying out a rapid assessment together with the UN World Food Program (WFP), the UN Development Program (UNDP) and OCHA.