ISLAMABAD – A month after torrential monsoon rains caused Pakistan’s worst natural disaster , leaving flood victims at risk of hunger and disease, WFP is ramping up its emergency operation to ensure that the most vulnerable people continue to receive life-saving food assistance and children do not slip into malnutrition.
• WFP’s operations are focused on saving lives in the flood zone – and the situation remains critical. In August, WFP provided monthly rations to 3 million people, and aims to double this number in September.
• Urgent donor support is required so that WFP can accelerate deliveries of specialised foods for infants and young children, as well as nutritious high-energy biscuits, through airlifts to hard-to-reach areas.
• In times of trouble, food assistance promotes peace and stability, bringing calm in the face of volatility and meeting a fundamental human need.
• WFP is in the process of enriching its food basket from the life-saving ration of fortified wheat flour, cooking oil and High Energy Biscuits that was delivered from the first days of the flooding emergency. Yellow peas, salt, tea and sugar will be added to the rations as and when they become available.
• To help prevent nutritional deterioration amongst infants and young children, HEBs and ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF) are also being provided, where available. More than 750,000 children between the ages of 6 months and 12 years have been reached to date.
• The first consignments of locally purchased rice are moving from Karachi and around 1,500 metric tons will be transported daily. The rice will be distributed in Sindh in the coming days.
• A C-130 aircraft carrying wheat, oil and High Energy Biscuits today made the first food supplies delivery to the province in Gilgitstan near the border with China.
• A Joint Aviation Coordination (JACC) has been set up at the Pakistan Air Force Base in Chaklala, Rawalpindi which will streamline all air operations supporting Pakistan’s flood relief efforts. The JACC is managed by the National Disaster Management Authority.
• Amid new flooding across Sindh, WFP is establishing an additional operational hub in Hyderabad which will support an expanded response in the province.
• Although the main road up to the Swat Valley is still cut, trucks have been able to access the town of Utror – until now accessible only by air. The first four of an expected 20 trucks are on their way there.
• At any one time, WFP currently estimates that it has at least 600 trucks moving food around Pakistan to deliver assistance to flood victims.
• Assessments are underway for small-scale infrastructure projects suitable for food-for-work programmes to kick off in the coming week - particularly restoring irrigation channels.
• WFP is providing 6,500 seed kits to help flood victims in Swat, Upper and Lower Dir, and Buner – 2,000 are suitable for small plots, while 4,500 are designed to feed households and provide a surplus for them to sell.
For Further Information:
Greg Barrow, WFP/Rome, Tel, +39 06 6513 2330, Mob. +39 348 132 5018
Caroline Hurford, WFP/London, Tel. +44-20-72409001, Mob. +44-7968-008474
Emilia Casella, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41-22-9178564, Mob. +41-792857304
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1 646 556 6909, Mob. + 1 646 824 1112
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2 02 25281730 ext. 2600, Mob. +2 016 663 4352