In November, the UN country team warned that, as the destruction of crucial social services and a lack of food supplies compound the difficulties of displaced persons, the humanitarian situation in Republic of Congo could become dire. However, agencies do not have enough relief supplies to assist the growing number of people in need and lack the resources to assist newly displaced persons as fighting continues in the Pool region. WFP has only enough food to assist people for the next 4 months while UNICEF and WHO expect that their emergency stocks will last only 1 to 2 and 2.5 months, respectively. Funding shortfalls have been a persistent problem for UN agencies in the Republic of Congo, as the UN Plan 2002 received just 35% of the funding required for humanitarian agencies to meet the needs of tens of thousands people in 2002.
UN agencies in the Republic of Congo are urgently seeking funding for their plan for 2003-2004 to bring life-sustaining aid to internally displaced persons.
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