Hunger Hotspots

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4 May 2009

Kenya

Despite new resource commitments, the refugee operation is still implementing ration cuts of 19% for the 1 May distribution cycle given the lead-time of procurement, and the fact that there are not enough food stocks in the country now to allow full ration distributions. 
4 May 2009

Ethiopia

A serious malnutrition situation is emerging in Siraro, Shashemane, Shala, Arsi Negelle and Adaba woredas in West Arsi zone in Oromiya with admissions to feeding centers increasing rapidly (over ,000 children in one week’s time). Screening by the regional health bureau with support from UNICEF is ongoing. Relief food including blanket blended food has been dispatched to over 68,000 beneficiaries. Review of the nutrition situation in east and west Hararghe of Oromiya by a joint WFP/UNICEF team is planned for this week.
4 May 2009

Chad

As the rainy season is approaching, WFP is making efforts to preposition over 2,000 mt of food commodities in the Daha area to feed the newly arrived CAR refugees during the six- month rainy season. Due to the lack of available resources, the country office is planning to borrow food destined for Sudanese refugees from the emergency operation (EMOP). During the rainy season, road accessibility to the refugee camps and IDP sites in eastern and southern Chad becomes impassable due to the rains.
4 May 2009

Afghanistan

Heavy rainfall and floods have affected hundred of families in many parts of the country. The joint assessment conducted by Afghan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) and UN agencies recommended that food and non-food assistance are required for 800 affected families in the Ghorian district of Hirat, Nahre Shahi and Chimatal districts of Balkh provinces. WFP has dispatched nearly 100 mt of emergency food for these families to cover their immediate food needs for one month. 
22 April 2009

Kenya

The long rains are generally still localized and poorly distributed in space and time, particularly in the southeast, eastern (Ukambani) and coastal areas.
Logistics
22 April 2009

DRC

An intensification of rain has been noted in Dungu, which puts any future airlift to Dungu from Entebbe at risk. The identification of sites for air drops is underway, air drops would moreover involve increased costs.
Responding to Emergencies
22 April 2009

Chad

WFP is currently making arrangements to begin April general food distributions to IDPs in the Goz Beida and Koukou areas in eastern Chad. Over 140,400 IDPs will be provided with more than 2,700 mt of food commodities for 30 days. The 2009 IDP food assistance strategy consists of monthly rations which are provided during three months for general food distributions (March to May) and four months for seed protection rations (June to September).
Responding to Emergencies
15 April 2009

Sudan

The Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme targeting children under-five has started for 15,000 children in Saraf Omra, North Darfur. Planned for over 300,000 children in Darfur, BSFP will run from April to August during the hunger and rainy season when malnutrition levels seasonally rise. The rainy season has started in Sudan, with a heavy downpour reported in Abu Gebeiha, South Kordofan on 11 April. Many villages in remote parts of the country may become cut-off from road access. WFP is currently prepositioning over 37,000 mt of food in areas that are seasonally difficult to reach by road. The food prepositioning exercise is expected to be completed by early May.
Responding to Emergencies
15 April 2009

Somalia

WFP Somalia plans to reach 2.8 million Somalis with 46,200 mt of assorted food commodities in April. As of 7 April, 17,105 mt of food commodities had been delivered to various parts of Somalia.
Responding to Emergencies
15 April 2009

Syria

Distributions outside Damascus for the second bimonthly distribution cycle of 2009 were concluded on 30 March, reaching about 40,000 beneficiaries while distributions inside will last until 19 April. A total of 183,665 beneficiaries are targeted for this cycle. The next bimonthly distribution cycle will start on 17 May.

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