WFP Emergency Report No. 14 of 2005

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 01 Apr 2005
(A) Highlights
(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan (2) Egypt

(C) East & Central Africa: (1) Burundi (2) Congo, DR (3) Djibouti (4) Eritrea (5) Ethiopia (6) Rwanda (7) Somalia (8) Sudan (9) Tanzania (10) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Regional (2) Chad (3) Cote d'Ivoire (4) Liberia

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional (2) Angola (3) Lesotho (4) Madagascar (5) Malawi (6) Mozambique (7) Swaziland (8) Zambia (9) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) China (2) Indonesia (3) Korea (DPR) (4) Maldives (5) Myanmar (6) Sri Lanka

(G) Latin America and Caribbean: (1) Bolivia (2) Colombia (3) Cuba (4) Ecuador (5) Haiti (6) Nicaragua

(A) Highlights

(a) WFP staff flew into Nias less than 10 hours after the undersea earthquake struck the Indonesian islands of Nias and Simuelue. Their first action was to arrange and supervise an airlift of severely wounded islanders to hospitals in Sumatra.

(b) In Afghanistan's Ghazni province, WFP is providing food assistance to 2,700 people affected by floods that were unleashed when a dam burst last Tuesday.

(c) WFP is making its final food donation to China after more than 25 years of providing aid.

(d) Due to the continued increase in the number of refugees arriving from DRC and Burundi to Rwanda, WFP is compelled to cut the ration of cereals and pulses by 30 percent from April.

(e) WFP is assisting the efforts of the Angolan authorities and WHO to control the outbreak of Marburg virus, by providing logistical support.

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe

(1) Afghanistan

(a) The security situation in Afghanistan is still volatile, with bomb explosions in Jalal Abad, Kabul, killing and injuring several people. One WFP vehicle was damaged as a consequence of one of the bomb explosions.

(b) A dam broke in Ghazni province, unleashing floods that killed several people, washed away hundreds of houses and shops and damaged nearly 500 hectares of agricultural land, affecting over 1,000 families. Within hours, WFP and other aid agencies were on the spot to assess and respond. WFP's food assistance of 50 tons, to cover 2,700 beneficiaries, arrived at Ghazni on 30 March. The distribution of food to meet the immediate needs of the affected population started a day after. A disaster management team (DMT), composed of the Government, United Nations agencies, provincial reconstruction team (PRT), cooperating partners and local community has launched a relief operation.

(c) During the past week, WFP in Afghanistan assisted a total of 590,900 beneficiaries.

(d) WFP is coordinating the broader UN and partners' efforts to respond to the consequences of the floods and snow. On 30 March, PRT and Government military helicopters airlifted 400 bags of wheat and non-food items to inaccessible areas in Khawaja Omari district. Furthermore, WFP continued its relief assistance in the winter and flood affected districts of Logar, Paktya, Ghazni, Wardak, Bamyan, Nangarhar and Kunar provinces. In addition, some 22,500 affected households in Hilmand, Kandahar, Nimroz, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces received 1,330 tons of food during the past week.

(2) Egypt

(a) In partnership with the World Bank, WFP signed an agreement with the Government of Egypt to support its Early Childhood Education Enhancement Project (ECEEP). The USD 108-million project is designed to increase access to more than one million children in kindergartens in 18 food-insecure governorates in Upper Egypt and North Sinai. As part of the five-year project, which starts in September, WFP has agreed to collaborate with the Government of Egypt to begin distributing a fortified high-energy snack to more than one million children under the age of five.

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