WFP Emergency Report No. 15 of 2005

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 08 Apr 2005
(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan (2) Iraq

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

(D) West Africa: (1) Regional (2) Burkina Faso (3) Chad (4) Cote d'Ivoire (5) Ghana (6) Guinea (7) Liberia (8) Mali

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

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

(G) Latin America and Caribbean: (1) Bolivia (2) Colombia (3) Cuba (4) Guatemala (5) Haiti (6) Nicaragua (7) Peru

(A) Highlights

(a) The planned beneficiary caseload for WFP's tsunami response in Indonesia, for the month of April, increased to 720,000 people, including people affected by the earthquake that struck North Sumatra on 28 March.

(b) WFP in March dispatched 52,000 tons of food to distribution points within Sudan's Darfur region: the highest amount since the start of the operation in April 2004.

(c) Shortage of funding forces WFP to cut half of the non-cereal part of daily food rations for one million people in Darfur.

(d) WFP has distributed a one-month food ration to several thousand of the victims of the explosions which occurred in Juba town, southern Sudan, a few weeks ago.

(e) Some 25,000 persons have been identified as in urgent need of food assistance by a joint WFP/FEWS-Net/Government of Djibouti assessment mission.

(f) WFP is providing high energy biscuits and a one-month general ration to people affected by recent violence near Cote d'Ivoire's buffer zone.

(g) From 1 April WFP expanded its relief and recovery activities in Uganda; now targeting 2.6 million IDPs, refugees and other vulnerable groups.

(h) WFP is concerned about a potential humanitarian disaster in some Colombia's Bojaya area, and provided emergency food assistance to people that became displaced due to violence in that and other areas.

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe

(1) Afghanistan

(a) The security situation remained relatively calm in most of the country. The exception was in the south and southeast, where some security incidents threatened humanitarian work.

(b) From 31 March to 6 April, WFP assisted 341,500 beneficiaries.

(c) Through recently completed Food-For-Work projects, some 20 km of canals in Dand district of Kandahar and eight km of roads in Delaram district of Nimroz were rehabilitated. The rebuilding of these communal infrastructures contributes to increased agricultural production and enhances access to local markets.

(d) On 4 April, a commercial truck carrying WFP food plunged into a river in a valley near Kishim district of Badakhshan province, causing injury to the driver. The truck was delivering oil to Fayz Abad. Recent snow and rainfall have damaged roads, particularly in remote areas of the country, hampering food aid deliveries to vulnerable populations.

(e) UN and partners' joint efforts continued to assist the flood and winter affected people. WFP provided 50 tons of mixed food for distribution to 5,400 flood affected people in Ghazni and 66 tons for 3,540 winter affected people in Kharwar district of Logar and Chak district of Wardak. In Khost, 50 tons of food is pre-positioned for potential floods, while another 50 tons will soon arrive in Paktya.

(f) Furthermore, over 6,000 people in Hilmand, Kandahar, Nimroz and Zabul provinces who were affected by floods and winter conditions have received WFP food assistance.

(g) In Farah, 25 tons of food were distributed to 780 flood affected families. The Provincial Disaster Emergency Task Force carried out an assessment of flood damage in the area and requested immediate assistance for 4,500 families. WFP, in collaboration with other UN agencies, has accelerated efforts to meet food needs of the affected households. Initial reports indicate that floods have caused damage to several villages in the central Ghor province. WFP has pre-positioned food in the area and will start distribution once a comprehensive assessment of the situation has been fully completed.

(2) Iraq

(a) The Public Distribution System's (PDS) March distribution has been completed in most governorates, though some governorates are still distributing the February ration.

(b) Available information indicates that there are significant country-wide shortfalls in rice, sugar and milk and infant formula. Some governorates continue to report serious shortfalls of nearly every PDS commodity.

(c) The frequent periods of border closure continue to create bottle-necks at border crossings which, in turn, slow down the rate at which food can be imported overland into Iraq. Nevertheless, Some 865 tons of pea/wheat blend, which will be used for vulnerable group feeding, has been dispatched into Iraq after delays at the Syrian border. In addition, approximately 1000 tons of high energy biscuits have been dispatched from Syria to destinations in Iraq, including Baghdad, Ninewa and Tameen. Thus far, distribution has taken place in Baghdad and Mosul, and the biscuits have been well received by students and teachers. Students of the schools where the distribution is taking place will be eligible to submit drawings for a worldwide WFP drawing contest among schools who receive WFP's Food for Education support.

(d) An agreement was finalized between WFP and the Iraqi Central Office for Statistics and Information Technology (COSIT) on the follow-up report to last year's Baseline Food Security Analysis. WFP will also work with COSIT to build institutional capacities for monitoring food security and to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of interventions related to food security in Iraq. Activities are expected to commence in May.

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