Widespread flooding and mudslides on 15 and 16 December 1999 caused massive damage to Venezuela's infrastructure, agriculture and industry. The World Food Programme immediately began a US$200,000 short-term relief operation to deliver food to some 20,000 hungry people, most of them women and children.
WFP is now expanding its relief operation to reach 110,000 people. Of these people 65 percent are extremely poor women and children less than five years old.
WFP is asking donors to fund the expansion, at a cost of US$5,059,265, to purchase, transport and distribute approximately 9,000 metric tons of rice, maize, pulses and cooking oil for the next five months.
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