WFP feeds Honduran victims of Tropical Storm Gamma

WFP has distributed 645 metric tons of food to victims of Tropical Storm Gamma in Honduras, and plans to provide 1,750 metric tons of food over the next three months. WFP's country director says the operation might be expanded to help subsistence farmers who have lost their livelihoods.

Situation update

  • Tropical Storm Gamma struck Honduras on 19 November 2005, having been preceded in the weeks before by hurricanes Stan, Wilma and Beta.
  • Honduran authorities so far report 34 people dead, 13 missing and almost 90,000 affected, mainly in coastal regions. Entire villages have been isolated as a result of mudslides.

WFP's operations

  • WFP has distributed 645 metric tons of food in the departments of Atlantida, Choluteca, Colon, Cortes, El Paraiso, Gracias a Dios, Lempira and Yoro, which represents 195,000 family rations (five people per family) at a cost of US$460,000.
  • WFP is planning to provide 1,750 metric tons of food assistance to beneficiaries in the departments of Gracias a Dios and Colon for the next three months at a cost of US$1,550,000, in coordination with the Permanent Committee on Contingencies (COPECO), the Honduran Air Force, the Honduran Red Cross and non-governmental organisations working in the affected areas.
  • WFP Honduras Country Director Willem Van Milink-Paz said that the operation might be expanded to support poor people who rely on subsistence farming and have lost their livelihoods, as they will need food aid until they can restore their farming activities.