ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has exceeded its target of providing life-saving food assistance to 500,000 people affected by floods in Sindh by the end of September.
Damage to roads, bridges and infrastructure in affected areas continues to challenge the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
• As of 1 October, WFP has provided almost 7,900 metric tons of monthly family food rations to nearly 550,000 beneficiaries in six districts of Sindh, since distributions started on 12 September.
• WFP increased the pace of food distributions, reaching an average 50,000 new beneficiaries each day, with the geographic coverage expanding to six priority districts - Badin, Mirpur Khas, Sanghar, Tharparkar, Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah) and Umer Kot.
• WFP plans to scale up deliveries in October to cover 2.55 million people across Sindh and Balochistan over the next four months. In preparation for a scale-up, WFP is in the process of contracting additional cooperating partners.
• In light of the recent National Nutritional Survey that highlights alarming levels of malnutrition in Sindh, the WFP one-month rations include – alongside the general family food basket – high-energy biscuits and ready-to-use supplementary food to address expected nutritional decline amongst these vulnerable groups
• A joint WFP-UNICEF programme on Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) is being expanded to include the disaster-hit districts of Sindh, in an effort to provide treatment to young children and lactating mothers for moderate and acute malnutrition.
• A joint rapid initial assessment has been conducted in 11 flood-affected districts of Balochistan. Preliminary data suggests that food is the most urgent need. Food stocks have been destroyed and access to local markets has been severely hampered.
• WFP is providing logistical support to the entire humanitarian community. It has provided 5 boats for mobile medical services and rescue/evacuation purposes. Warehouses are operational in eight districts, the latest in Umer Kot.
• In addition to the latest response, since last year, through its Early Recovery activities, WFP has reached nearly 4.4 million individual beneficiaries in all flood affected areas across Pakistan.
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