Hunger Hotspots

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2 April 2009

Sri Lanka

Since late January, nearly 52,000 IDPs have crossed over to government controlled areas and are accommodated in IDP centres/welfare villages:  Vavuniya (44,823), Jaffna (4,861), Mannar (856), Trincomalee (464) and Pulumudai hospital (957). More than 100,000 IDPs are still trapped in Vanni ‘safe zone’ and require humanitarian assistance. In addition to the 1,160 mt of food shipped since 17 February, WFP is preparing to dispatch its largest food consignment by sea to Puthumathalan, Mullaitivu. This will be the third and largest shipment, carrying over 1,000 mt of mixed food commodities (rice, wheat flour, dhal, sugar, veg. oil and CSB, with the government arranged ICRC flagged ship. WFP is closely liaising with the Government, advocating on behalf of the INGOs, to include complementary food items (vegetables, condiments, etc.). The 1,000 mt of mixed commodities will be sufficient to feed 100,000 people for 20 days.
Responding to Emergencies
19 March 2009

Zimbabwe

In March, WFP is planning to assist 5.2 million beneficiaries with nearly 45,000 mt of food, including 4.6 million under vulnerable group feeding (VGF) and 629,000 under safety net (SN) programmes.
Responding to Emergencies
19 March 2009

Somalia

On Wednesday, WFP Somalia staff members have collectively received the WFP Award of Merit for 2008 in recognition of the extraordinary efforts and commitment of staff in responding to the humanitarian emergency in Somalia as insecurity has intensified. The Buaale sub-office completed the screening of 8,000 children and mothers with poor nutritional status, who will be targeted under the SFP expansion programme in newly-targeted areas, including Harganti, Warba Gube, Mareereey, Afmadow and Hagar.
Responding to Emergencies
19 March 2009

Kenya

The results of the short rains assessment were presented to the Kenya Food Security Meeting on 5 March. One of the major recommendations was that there is an urgent need for emergency responses to run concurrently with medium to long-term interventions that are intended to build the resilience of livelihoods and improve capacities to withstand future shocks. Following the recommendations of the assessment, WFP is scaling up the EMOP/PRRO from the current 1.2 million to 3.5 million people in 2009. Food assistance will be provided through general food distributions, food-for-assets, emergency school feeding, supplementary feeding and mother and child health care programmes.
Responding to Emergencies
19 March 2009

Ethiopia

The regional climate outlook for the March–May rainfall season indicates an increased likelihood of below normal rainfall in eastern parts of the Horn of Africa and an increased likelihood of normal to above normal rainfall in western parts. The CO is concerned about the late start of the Belg rains in the Southern Nations, eastern parts of Amhara, Oromiya and southern parts of Tigray. Unless rains improve in the coming weeks this could potentially be the worst Belg season in the past four years. WFP will continue to closely monitor the situation.  
Responding to Emergencies
19 March 2009

Syria

The second bimonthly distribution cycle of 2009 started on 15 March. A total of 183,665 beneficiaries are targeted for this cycle. The individual ration consists of 25 kg of rice, 4 liters of oil and 5 kg of pulses.
Responding to Emergencies
19 March 2009

Iraq

WFP Iraq has submitted a budget revision for the EMOP, extending it from the current end date of 31 March to 31 December 2009 and expanding its scope from targeting only IDPs to include other beneficiaries. To date, over 35,911 mt of WFP food has been distributed to 665,358 vulnerable IDPs inside Iraq (cumulative figures, since the first distribution in March 2008).
Responding to Emergencies
19 March 2009

Sri Lanka

The number of IDPs fleeing the north to government-controlled areas has increased to 37,512. IDPs accommodated: Vavuniya 32,634; Mannar 856; Jaffna 3,414; and Trincomalee 608 (in Trincomalee General Hospital). Heavy rains in the north-eastern and eastern part of the country caused high water levels, particularly in the safe zone of Mullaitivu, where 150,00– 200,000 IDPs are still trapped.
Responding to Emergencies
11 March 2009

Sudan

WFP is deeply concerned by the expulsion of 13 humanitarian NGOs operating in Darfur, following ICC indictments against President Bashir. This move by the Government directly impacts 1.1 million beneficiaries in Darfur who WFP is currently unable to assist. The departure of these NGOs will leave a huge gap in humanitarian access and may result in further chaos in the form of riots and population movement as poor groups move to other areas in search of humanitarian aid. WFP, together with the humanitarian community in Sudan, are appealing to the Government to overturn this decision in order to enable the provision of life-saving humanitarian assistance to continue to millions of conflict-affected people, particularly women and children.
Responding to Emergencies
11 March 2009

Zimbabwe

WFP is providing transport of medical items and NFIs under the cholera response on behalf of WHO and UNICEF. WFP is also looking into logistical arrangements to support NGOs.

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