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Bolivia: WFP and UNICEF commit their support to the victims of floods in Trinidad

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La Paz.- As a result of a joint assessment mission to the disaster zone in the city of Trinidad, WFP and UNICEF decided to send food aid to the victims of what they consider to be one of the most severe flooding due to the soaring number of victims. The 14-hour rainfall flooded more than 90% of the city, affecting more than 45.000 people.
WFP will deliver 52,8 MT of food aid for some 12.000 victims of the flooding in Trinidad, from which 5,500 are children under 14 years of age. These people -the most severely hit- are sheltered in 35 public schools, are the poorest and come mainly from the slums in the outskirts of the city.

WFP aid accounts for some 30.000 food rations. These are earmarked at some 2.000 families for a 15 days period, initially. The food consists of rice, flour, oil and salt. UNICEF will balance WFP rations with some 20 MT of products such as sugar, noodles and canned fish.

The food transport and delivery is being coordinated with Civil Defense. Food was moved from WFP warehouses in Santa Cruz to the city of Trinidad. The food aid reached its destination on Sunday and the distribution begins on Monday.

In the city of Trinidad, CARITAS is in charge of storing the food aid and supervising its delivery. The Prefecture of Beni will, in turn, be responsible for the distribution of food aid to the beneficiaries.

For more information, please contact:

Sergio Alves, WFP Programme Officer: 2414646, 2422707
Sergio.Alves@wfp.org

Ximena Loza, Information Officer:
Ximena.Loza@wfp.org

Clara Marcela Barona, UNICEF information officer:
cbarona@unicef.org