Hunger in the news
20 January 2009
[...] The World Food Programme, the United Nations humanitarian agency, is sending 630 tons of rice to help flood-stricken residents of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities and the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte. [...] [WFP deputy country director Alghassim Wurie] said the UN will send 1,747 bags of rice to feed some 17,638 families or 91,746 individuals in 47 of Cagayan de Oro's 80 barangays. Misamis Oriental, on the other hand, will receive 6,815 bags for its 14,105 families or 64, 719 persons affected by the disaster. Misamis Oriental briefed Wurie and the UN representatives about the damages using a Powerpoint presentation. Baicon Macaraya of the UNWFP Philipines, explaining the discrepancy, said they decided on the rice allotment based on "need and urgency." "There are homeless people in Misamis Oriental. We also determine their capacity to earn in the next few months," Macaraya told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro. UNWFP Country Director and Representative Stephen Anderson said humanitarian assistance should be given to farmers and fishermen who will bear the brunt of starvation in the lean months after the disaster.