Travel Advisory: WFP Executive Director to Visit Pakistan Flood Zone

Published on 30 August 2010

ISLAMABAD – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, is to visit Pakistan between August 31 and September 1.

Sheeran is on a fact-finding mission to evaluate how WFP’s operations are meeting the needs of millions of people affected by the floods, ensure coordination with the efforts of the Pakistani authorities and push for continued robust international support for the aid effort.

During the visit, Sheeran will travel to the flood zone with the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, to see how the two agencies are working together to support flood victims.  She will attend a food distribution, visit a rural health centre, and see WFP efforts to protect the most vulnerable infants and young children through the supply of ready-to-use nutrition products, as well as high-energy biscuits.  WFP has so far distributed these nutritious food supplements to about three quarters of a million people.

Since the start of the floods in Pakistan at the end of July, WFP has reached more than 2.5 million people with a one-month food ration.  The delivery of food assistance is taking place against the backdrop of ongoing flood threats, a shattered infrastructure, a vast geographic span and a population on the move.

Further helicopter support to the flood operation is essential, with an estimated 800,000 people cut off and accessible only by air. WFP is doubling its own helicopter fleet from five to ten.