The fourth bi-monthly distribution cycle of 2009 (July/August) inside and outside Damascus was concluded on 10 August, with about 90 percent show-up rate. The food ration consisted of 25 kg of rice, 5 kg of pulses and 3.67 kg of oil (four-month ration for oil only).
The fifth bi-monthly distribution cycle of 2009 (September/October) will start after the month of Ramadan ends, approximately during the last week of September.
The first shipment of 1,867 mt of rice out of 7,226 mt purchased internationally has been used for the fourth bi-monthly distribution cycle. The second shipment of 2,501 mt of rice arrived in Lattakia port on 18 August 2009.