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WFP Statement on Rakhine State

2 September 2017 (Corrected Version)

WFP is aware of reports that it has halted food distributions in Myanmar's Rakhine state in the last day or so. In fact, WFP has not been able to distribute food in a number of locations in northern Rakhine since mid-July. Furthermore, WFP was unable to distribute food throughout Rakhine last week due to ongoing security challenges. This left a total of 250,000 people, including internally displaced persons and other vulnerable populations, without regular food assistance. WFP maintains a regular presence in the area and hopes to resume distributions as soon as possible.

Correction clarifies that some distributions have been carried out in northern Rakhine since mid-July.