WFP Operational Update Over One Million Reached As WFP Ramps Up Distributions to Victims Of Sindh Floods

Published on 14 October 2011

WFP and its partners are continuing a rapid scale up of deliveries to the worst affected areas of Sindh, working double shifts to ensure food is moving swiftly out of warehouses and to distribution points as it scales up deliveries in the effort to reach 2.5 million flood-affected people in Pakistan in the coming weeks.

  • WFP has provided life-saving food rations to 1.2 million people in eight districts of Sindh, since distributions started on 12 September.
  • Almost 136,000 children have already received special locally-produced chick pea paste, Wawa Mum, which is vital to preventing and treating malnutrition among children. Around 200 metric tons of Wawa Mum – which can be eaten straight out of the packet and requires no cooking - has been distributed to children aged 6-23 months.
  • WFP has increased the pace of food distributions, with the geographic coverage expanding to eight districts - Badin, Mirpur Khas, Sanghar, Khairpur, Tharparkar, Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah), Umer Kot and Thatta. Four more – Dadu, Matiari, Tando Allayar, Tando Mohammad Khan - will be reached soon.
  • Currently, WFP is working with 19 NGOs, with three more joining in the coming days.
  • WFP has deployed 14 boats to Badin, Mirpurkhas and Umar Kot to facilitate deliveries in areas still inaccessible by roads. These boats are also being for mobile medical services and to assist in rescue and evacuation of people who are cut off by the flood waters.
  • A  joint WFP-UNICEF programme on Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) is being expanded to include the disaster-hit districts of Sindh. So far 16,600 children and 3,000 women have been screened. Those among them found to be malnourished are being provided with WFP-produced special supplementary foods.
  • As part of our role as the international humanitarian community’s lead for logisitics, WFP is providing storage facilities in Nawabshah, Badin, Makli, Badin, Hyderabad, and Sanghar. The facilities are  being utilized by UN agencies – UNICEF and WHO – and NGOs – IOM, Handicap, Merlin, NRC and Deep.
  • WFP has received US$ 27 million in support of emergency food assistance activities for the current floods. Contributions have been received from Australia, Japan, Luxembourg, the USA and the private sector. The current funding will allow WFP to continue its activities till end of November, but more funds are urgently required to ensure continued life-saving relief distributions for the most vulnerable victims. The US and Germany have also confirmed contributions to the WFP-led logistics cluster.