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Humanitarian Update: Regional Office for the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, April 2010

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P.2 Kyrgyzstan receives CERF Funding

P.2 $555 Million to fend off Floods in Morocco

P.3 Bad Weather hampers Response in Afghanistan

P.4 One Year of Pandemic Influenza

P.5 Disaster Management Training in Saudi Arabia

Yemen: WFP forced to cut Food Rations in Half

The World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to reduce food rations to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen by 50 percent due to lack of funding. The reduction will take effect at the beginning of May and will allow the limited food stocks to last through the end of August. The cut will affect all IDPs in the country who will receive only 1,040 kcal per person per day, rather than the 2,100 kcal required for an active and healthy life.

WFP in Yemen is facing a shortfall of 75 percent of its requirements for all its operations in 2010. Out of a planned budget of US$103 million, $78 million still needs to be resourced.

WFP's decision, taken in consultation with the Government of Yemen and partner NGO Islamic Relief, was to avoid an absolute stop of assistance after June. Planned nutrition support to 50,000 IDP children under 5 years of age will be maintained until the end of August.

"The regular assistance by WFP and partners has contributed to stabilize the levels of acute malnutrition and morbidity among the IDP population, particularly in the camps. However, this ration cut and the subsequent closure of the operation (unless additional support is received) will reverse this progress and lead to a major humanitarian crisis," WFP said in a statement.

Since the outbreak of the sixth round of fighting last year and up till 21 April 2010, WFP has reached 269,000 persons with food in Hajjah, Sa'ada, Al Jawf, Sana'a and Amran governorates. See also http://ochaonline.un.org/yemen

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