WFP Emergency Report No. 43 of 2005

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 21 Oct 2005
This week 's report covers the following sectors: Agriculture, Coordination and Support Services, Food, Health, Infrastructure and Rehabilitation, Refugees and IDPs, Security, Shelter and Non-food Items, Water & Sanitation
This report includes: (A) Highlights

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan (2) Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (3) Pakistan

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

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad (2) Guinea (3) Niger

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

(F) Asia: (1) Indonesia (2) Korea (DPR) (3) Maldives (4) Sri Lanka

(G) Latin America and Caribbean: (1) Bolivia (2) Colombia (3) Cuba (4) Ecuador (5) El Salvador (6) Guatemala (7) Haiti (8) Honduras

(A) Highlights

(a) In Pakistan, an estimated 338,320 people have received WFP food in Muzaffharabad and Mansehra.

(b) In Pakistan, assessments continue in the Neelam valley. The joint assessment mission leaves Islamabad 21 October.

(c) WFPs response to the Central American floods continues. In Guatemala, following the initial needs assessment findings, WFP is in the process of launching an Emergency Operation to reach some 285,000 beneficiaries for an initial period of 6 months with relief assistance.

(d) In Chad, WFP General Food Distributions have been completed in the southern and central camps and are ongoing in the northern camps.

(e) In Chad, WFP/UNHCR Joint Assessment Mission is underway in Eastern Chad with focus on operations in favour of both refugee and host populations.

(f) In Sudan, Annual Needs Assessment (ANA) field teams have been deployed to most parts of the South, East and Transitional Areas of Sudan

(g) In Sudan, the inter-agency barge operation has completed second round of distributions along the Tonga-Zeraf corridor, reaching 50,000 beneficiaries with 400 tons of food

(h) In Sudan, WFP dispatched around 30,000 tons of mixed food both to Cooperating Partners and for direct distribution in the three Darfur states between 1 - 16 October. Insecurity across the greater Darfur region continues to remain a serious concern. The increased military presence in El Geneina and across West Darfur is causing particular tension.

(i) In Niger, 44,000 tons of food have been delivered for the first and second round of General Distributions.

(j) In Southern Africa, approximately 12 million people are in urgent need of emergency food assistance until the 2005/06 harvest in April/March. The "lean season", which traditionally begins in December, has begun much earlier this year resulting in escalating food needs, which will peak by January. WFP aims to reach over 9 million people during the lean period, including up to 4 million people in Zimbabwe and just under 3 million in Malawi. WFP stands ready to further increase beneficiary numbers if needs continue to rise.

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