"The floods have badly hit the people living in shanty towns on the outskirts of the cities of Venezuela," said Francisco Roque Castro, WFP Regional Manager for Latin America. "They need food immediately, which is the reason we are taking this first step so quickly right now."
WFP will begin delivering food aid this week to 20,000 of the most vulnerable victims. Because most people do not have access to cooking facilities, WFP will distribute ready-to-eat food in the form of high-protein biscuits, one packet of which supplies an adult's daily caloric requirement.
Carel De Rooy, UNICEF Area Representative for Colombia and Venezuela, arrived in the area today to map immediate and mid-term priorities for UNICEF's assistance to victims, including an estimated 1,000 children who have been separated from their parents. Some 50,000 children are estimated to be out of school, UNICEF said in a statement issued today.