Pakistan: Earthquake - Oct 2008
Pakistan, riven by political tensions in the last few days, has an ongoing need for food assistance which has deepened recently due to high food prices, conflict and natural disasters. In response, WFP is ramping up its programmes in 2009.
This year WFP aims to reach nine million beneficiaries in Pakistan, a country where 85 percent of the population live on an income of less than US$ 2 per day.
Islamabad, 10 November 2008 - The latest from the WFP team in Pakistan:
- WFP has almost completed distribution of food rations to 15,000 people in Ziarat and 5,000 in Pishin districts. Some 5,000 other people are expected to receive WFP assistance by Tuesday.
- Around 300 tons of food has been distributed for a period one month. Next distribution to take place in the first week of December.
Islamabad, 5 November 2008 - The latest from the WFP team in Pakistan:
- WFP is distributing fortified ready-to-eat biscuits to the worst-affected District of Ziarat from WFP warehouses in Quetta.
- In addition to biscuits, WFP has started distributing wheat flour, pulses, vegetable oil and salt in ration packets in the worst-affected villages.
ISLAMABAD - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is to provide food assistance to nearly 20,000 people who lost homes and belongings in the earthquake that struck parts of Balochistan province on Wednesday.
"We need to move fast, so we are going to start distributing food stocks from our warehouses in Quetta and Peshawar, so we can reach the people who need it most," said WFP Pakistan Country Director, Wolfgang Herbinger, adding that WFP would be coordinating its response with the government and other UN agencies.
WFP plans to initially provide 700 tons of dry food …