Ecuador + 4 more

ODM-WFP Emergency Situation Report on Latin America and the Caribbean 20 May 2003

Situation Report
Originally published
1. Colombia
a. Significant Events

Renewed roadblocks in the municipalities of eastern Antioquía by illegal armed groups have prevented WFP access to these municipalities. A joint WFP/UNHCR/HCHR UN mission to the Catatumbo region in the Department of Norte de Santander is being planned for next week, due to the continuous displacements currently taking place there.

b. Implementation

This week, WFP delivered 239 MT of food rations to Nutritional Recovery projects in twelve departments, benefiting some 9,900 persons; 40 MT to 270 pre-school projects benefiting 19,832 children; and some 150 MT to training/asset creation projects and Community Kitchens.

2. Ecuador

a. Significant Events


WFP, UNDP and PAHO carried out a damage assessment in the two cantons affected by the flooding of three rivers in the province of Esmeraldas. The agriculture area has been the most affected, with the loss of 800 hectares of rice, plantain, coffee, cocoa and corn, worsening the food security of more than 600 affected families suffering from respiratory and dermatological illnesses, cholera, and malaria.

WFP delivered the first 300 food rations. The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock is performing an evaluation in order to propose strategies for agricultural and livestock recovery.

Colombian Refugees

288 Colombian refugees, including 61 children and 8 pregnant women, crossed the border into Ecuador after more violent encounters in the south of Colombia along the Ecuadorian border.

WFP in conjunction with UNHCR delivered 103 food rations for one month and 51 food rations for 15 days.

3. Nicaragua

a. Significant Events

WFP has begun implementation of PRRO 10212.0, which will provide assistance to 144,000 persons. Activities will focus on preventing an increase in malnutrition, especially in young children, reconstructing the livelihoods of people affected by shocks, and preparing families to better respond to future emergencies.

The first delivery of food assistance to pregnant and nursing mothers and boys and girls between the ages of 6 months and 2 years was carried out in the municipalities of San Ramón, El Tuma-La Dalia and Rancho Grande. A total of 118 MT of cereals, beans, maize and vegetable oil will be distributed.

WFP is in the process of opening a sub-office and food storage facility in Matagalpa in order to more efficiently respond to the deteriorating nutritional situation of primarily women and children in this Department.

4. Panama

a. Significant Events

Torrential rains over the weekend have left some 1,000 persons stranded in different regions of Panama in the Bocas del Toro and Colon regions. The storms caused landslides and the flooding of the Sixaola River on the border with Costa Rica. 175 homes were affected by flooding in San Pedro, Guayabal, El Limite and in La Sagrada Resurrección, and an estimated 200 families were affected by flooding in the Cativá and Sabanitas barrios. No deaths have been reported. According to weather reports, the rains will continue in the Colón region. The Red Cross, Civil Defense and the National Police have carried out evacuations and rescues. A census of affected persons is being carried out in order to commence assistance.

5. Uruguay

a. Significant Events

Intense rains in the past days have caused increases in the levels of rivers and creeks, making it necessary to evacuate some 200 persons in the cities of Rivera, Treinta y Tres, Paysandú and Salto. The overflowing of rivers has cut access on 11 roads. Storms and hail showers are expected to continue and worsen the current situation.