WFP'S LATEST UPDATE ON COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY TSUNAMI

Published on 27 January 2005

Reports are coming in from WFP staff and the humanitarian agent's implementing partner, CARE, about the state of devastation in places like Simeulue Island, where the two partners are feeding some 18,300 beneficiaries. "In some areas, rice paddy fields have completely disappeared. Thousands of trees were completely torn from the roots. One palm tree, which was miraculously still standing, was buried six meters in mud. Mud, debris and twisted iron are scattered over the landscape. The tarmac, which once covered the roads, has been completely lifted off the ground," said one WFP staffer.