Belgium first country to donate to WFP's earthquake relief in Indonesia

Published on 31 May 2006

WFP has welcomed a donation of EURO 500,000 from Belgium - confirmed by the Minister of Development Cooperation, Mr. Armand De Decker - to fund emergency food rations for the survivors of Saturday’s massive earthquake in Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia.

WFP has welcomed a donation of EURO 500,000 from Belgium - confirmed by the Minister of Development Cooperation, Mr. Armand De Decker - to fund emergency food rations for the survivors of Saturday’s massive earthquake in Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia.

The donation covers the cost of WFP’s initial deployment of high-energy biscuits, vitamin and mineral-enriched noodles, which was already being distributed just 36 hours after the earthquake hit.

Helping the homeless

“We are extremely grateful to Belgium for this rapid donation, which is already helping to feed tens of thousands of people left homeless by this devastating earthquake,” said John Aylieff, Director of WFP’s Liaison Office in Brussels.

On the basis of the just completed UN Inter-Agency Rapid Needs Assessment mission, WFP is recommending that general food distribution be provided for close to 100,000 people, with the focus shifting to around 40,000 children under 5, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers over approximately six months.

Early WFP estimates indicate that approximately US $5 million will be required to meet these short-term food needs.

WFP taking the lead

With more relief food now rolling in from many sources, WFP is taking the lead to coordinate the distribution of food with implementing partners.

Since the earthquake struck on Saturday morning, 165 tons of WFP emergency rations have arrived in the area, of which 90 tons have already been distributed to more than 30,000 people in the districts of Bantul and Klaten.

Non-governmental organizations Save the Children UK, World Relief International, IMC and Walhi assisted in food distribution today.