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WFP Emergency Report No. 49 of 1998: Caribbean: Dominican Republic, St Kitts and Nevis and Cuba

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Situation Report
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Posted
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This report includes: A) Sierra Leone B) Angola C) East and Central Africa: Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, DR Congo and Congo/Brazzaville D) Central America: Hurricane Mitch E) Caribbean: Dominican Republic, St Kitts and Nevis and Cuba.
From Manuel Aranda da Silva, Chief, Technical Support Service. Available on the Internet on the WFP Home Page at http://www.wfp.org/ or by electronic mail from Deborah.Hicks@wfp.org (fax 39 06 6513 2837). For information on resources, donors are requested to contact Aleesa.Blum@wfp.org or Marius.deGaayFortman@wfp.org at WFP Rome, telephone 39 06 6513 2004 or 06 6513 2250. The address of WFP is Via Cesare Giulio Viola 68, Parco dei Medici, 00148 Rome, Italy.

PART I - HIGHLIGHTS
(Details below in Part II)

E. CARIBBEAN - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ST KITTS AND NEVIS, AND CUBA

1. Update on WFP Hurricane Georges operations

a) Information on WFP emergency operations in the Dominican Republic and in St. Kitts and Nevis given below. US contribution to Dominican Republic EMOP covers 43 percent of required resources.

2. Cuba drought operation - update

a) Donor support for Cuba drought operation still sought; only 8 percent of requirement of USD 20.3 million has been pledged by donors.

PART II - DETAILS

E. CARIBBEAN - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ST KITTS AND NEVIS, AND CUBA

1. UPDATE ON WFP HURRICANE GEORGES OPERATIONS

1.1 After Hurricane Georges swept through the eastern part of the Caribbean in September of this year, inflicting damage to infrastructure and agriculture and causing deaths, WFP initiated two emergency operations (EMOPs), one for the Dominican Republic, and the other for St. Kitts and Nevis, to mitigate the disastrous effects of the hurricane.

1.2 Dominican Republic: WFP and the Government of Dominican Republic signed on 24 November a Letter of Understanding on the WFP Emergency Operation (EMOP 6070), "Emergency Food Assistance to Households Affected by Hurricane Georges". This operation will provide food assistance for 200,000 persons affected by the hurricane and is expected to be completed by the end of January 1999. The total WFP cost of the operation is USD 4.7 million. A generous US contribution to this EMOP amounts to USD 2,029,000, some 43 percent of the required resources. The commodities donated by the US are 2,880 tons of rice, 430 tons of beans and 110 tons of vegetable oil.

1.3 St. Kitts and Nevis: A small scale WFP emergency operation St. Kitts and Nevis (EMOP 6069) was approved by the WFP Regional Director under his delegated authority for Immediate Response EMOPs in mid-October. On 19 November WFP spent USD 62,915 for local purchase of commodities for distribution to 3,000 affected persons on St. Kitts and Nevis.

2. CUBA DROUGHT OPERATION - UPDATE

2.1 Drought conditions earlier this year triggered sharp decreases in food production in eastern Cuba. In order to minimize the effects of food shortages, WFP approved an emergency operation targeting food aid to the eastern provinces of Holguin, Las Tunas, Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo. In late September, this same area of eastern Cuba was struck by Hurricane Georges, causing additional significant crop losses, especially to banana plantations. Under the EMOP, assistance was planned to be distributed to 524,000 children and 91,000 pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants and elderly people. The operation was approved in late August, and distribution is to be for nine months, until the next major food harvest. The total WFP appeal is for USD 20.3 million. To date, only 8 percent of the requirement has been pledged by donors, with contributions received from Japan, Switzerland, Spain and Oxfam. To begin operations, WFP mobilized USD 1 million from the Immediate Response Account, for local purchases of oil, flour, pulses and rice.