JOHANNESBURG, 17 February (IRIN) -
Over 1.1 million internally displaced people and others considered vulnerable
will receive food assistance in Angola this month.
A report by WFP said a total of 1,137,962 people around the country would receive deliveries of 15,715.17 mt of food items. The largest consignment has been allocated to more than a quarter of a million people camped in and around the city of Malanje, some 350 km east of the capital, Luanda.
The next major group of beneficiaries are over 197,000 people in the country's second city, Huambo, in the central highlands, and over 193,000 in Bie, also in the central highlands.
WFP described security within the Malanje city limits and its immediate surrounds as "stable". The city was held under siege by the UNITA rebel movement for several months last year until the situation was eased following a government offensive last October.
"Safe circulation of traffic is possible up to 40 km from the city, towards the municipalities of Kangandala, Kalandula and Cacuso," WFP said.
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