News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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17 October 2005

WFP uses packhorses to reach remote quake survivors

With helicopters grounded by low cloud, rain and snow and many roads still blocked by landslides, WFP begins using packhorses and mules to bring emergency rations to survivors of the 8 October earthquake in remote mountain areas in Pakistan and Pakistani-administered Kashmir
15 October 2005

TNT assists WFP with emergency airlift to Pakistan

TNT Airways teams up with its partner, WFP, to deliver emergency food rations to the survivors of the 8 October earthquake in Pakistan
14 October 2005

WFP expands food distributions to Pakistan earthquake survivors

WFP today began expanding its food distributions to mountain villages near the epicentre of last Saturday’s earthquake.
14 October 2005

WFP welcomes release of second food aid ship hijacked in Somalia

The release of the hijacked MV Miltzow – after being held for 32 hours – was welcomed today by WFP, which can now proceed with delivering the cargo of relief food to 78,000 drought-stricken people in southern Somalia.
13 October 2005

Critical window closing for 12 million in southern Africa

A top WFP official has warned that a critical window is closing fast for 12 million people across southern Africa to receive urgent help from the international community - including five million people in Malawi facing the ...
13 October 2005

Hunger toll on World Food Day: 6,241,512 dead

Speaking on the occasion of World Food Day on 16 October, the Executive Director of WFP, James Morris, said that by the end of the day 6,241,512 people will have already died of hunger and related diseases so far this year
13 October 2005

WFP hands out food in city worst hit by South Asia earthquake

WFP begins handing out emergency food rations to thousands of desperate people in Muzaffarabad, the city worst hit by 8 October’s huge earthquake.
13 October 2005

WFP launches Japanese version of Food Force

Food Force, the humanitarian video game produced by WFP, will be launched in Japanese on 17 October. This is the first version of the hugely popular video game in another language other than English. The Japanese Food ...
11 October 2005

Irish contribution to help drought-stricken Mozambique

WFP welcomes a donation of 500,000 Euros (14.7 billion Meticais) from the Irish Government which will be used to assist Mozambicans affected by the country’s fourth consecutive year of drought.
10 October 2005

WFP starts emergency airlift to earthquake victims

WFP is beginning a major airlift of emergency relief supplies to Pakistan for the victims of Saturday’s earthquake, which killed some 20,000 people and left hundreds of thousands more homeless and destitute.

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