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25 November 2008

Ethiopia

Due to continued flooding in parts of Somali region, WFP is airlifting food items to Gode Zone, where about 97,000 people are reported to be flood-affected since 21 November. Thus far, 16 mt of food has been airlifted and 343 mt dispatched from Nazareth by road to Gode. The situation is particularly dire as most of the flood-affected people are also drought-affected, and the last food distribution in the zone was in August 2008. Although 2009 relief food needs are yet to be officially determined pending the results of the ongoing food security assessments, early warning information indicates crop failures in the eastern parts of the country and suggest that emergency requirements will remain high until at least June 2009; new contributions are required to ensure continued response in 2009. The government, with support of WFP and others, is in the process of outlining an operational plan to ensure relief response in the beginning of 2009.
25 November 2008

Kenya

As of last week, the refugee operation reported 6,000 new arrivals to the Dadaab camp in the month of November. The influx continues with the current number rising up to 227,000 resulting in strain of the available resources within the camp. The results of the retargeting exercise for the school feeding programme that was shared with partners and stakeholders on Friday, 14 November has received positive response; a mission is planned for Mombasa to embark on selection of slum schools to be included starting January 2009. The in-kind donation of 2,000 mt of rice by the Government of Kenya to the EMOP will be distributed to the districts under the programme in the coming cycle in December. A substantial reduction in rainfall, from the previous week, has been reported in most parts of the country. The trucks in Mombasa that had been put on hold due to poor road conditions have now started moving to Turkana, Lokichoggio and Moyale.
25 November 2008

Somalia

Three vessels carrying 21,300 mt of WFP food aid shipments left Mombassa–Kenya for Somalia on 20 November under NATO escort- MV Rabban carrying 6,000 mt and MV Victoria carrying 4,300 mt sailed to Mogadishu and Merka ports respectively while MV As Salaam carrying 11,000 mt sailed to Somaliland’s Berbera port in the gulf of Aden-this was the first escort voyage NATO has undertaken from Mombasa to Berbera Port. WFP Merka sub-office’s temporary closure following insecurity in Lower Shabelle region has been lifted. The operational pause was put in place since late October 2008. National staff of the sub-office have been allowed to return to Merka while international staff, in the interim, are working from Wajir border town in Kenya since 13 November.
25 November 2008

Zimbabwe

As of 14 November 2008, over 5.5 million people were registered under the Vulnerable Group Feeding Programme (VGF).  Of those registered, 4 million are eligible for food aid in the coming month. The number of people confirmed to be in the worst food insecure categories (1 and 2) and presently eligible for assistance is much higher than initially anticipated by the results from the Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission and the planning figures within the budget revision for the PRRO. Registrations are still on-going. WFP post-distribution monitoring confirms that the gap in response capacity is resulting in rampant sharing of the food, thus further diluting an already reduced food ration.  Many households are failing to meet the required nutritional intake. A further reduction in food rations, particularly for maize and pulses, will further worsen the impact of diluted food rations at community and household level. Coping strategies among the population include skipping meals, reducing rations and using tree bark or soil as a cereal supplement. In areas where households have received agricultural inputs such as seeds (grain or pulses), some have begun consuming these inputs due to the early onset of the hunger period.
19 November 2008

Hunger's Global Hotspots: 19 November 2008

Rome, 19 November 2008 - Facts, figures and the latest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.
18 November 2008

Afghanistan

As part of the July GoA/UN joint appeal intervention, WFP has begun food delivery to high food price and drought affected people in the Eastern and Northern region. Under this programme, 4.5 million people will benefit from 198,000 mt of WFP food assistance both in rural and urban areas in most parts of the country. In addition, 500,000 malnourished children (6-59 months) and pregnant & lactating women will benefit from the joint appeal.
18 November 2008

Chad

On 5 November, armed robbers hijacked a WFP staff member and stole the vehicle at the entrance of the staff’s compound in Abéché. The vehicle was recovered later by local security forces.
18 November 2008

DRC

WFP dispatched food to the International Committee of the Red Cross who are carrying out registrations in and around Sake, west of Goma, ahead of distributions to about 25,000 people planned in the coming days. WFP is also planning distributions to displaced people south of Sake in Minova (South Kivu) where as many as 100,000 people are thought to be in need of assistance.
18 November 2008

Ethiopia

Since January 2008, 335,632 mt of relief food have been allocated to almost 6.6 million beneficiaries and 282,284 mt dispatched.
18 November 2008

Sudan

Food rations for over 2 million beneficiaries in Darfur will remain at 70 percent in November and December 2008 given the need to replenish buffer stocks to meet monthly programme needs as well as pre-position food reserves during the dry season. In Southern Sudan, WFP has distributed a second round of emergency food rations to over 3,000 refugees affected by the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, totalling 58 mt of food to 3,950 people since the conflict started in September 2008.  While the influx of refugees is much lower than initially anticipated, WFP and partners continue to register and assist new arrivals.

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