WFP launches assistance to flood victims in Yemen

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The World Food Programme has launched an assistance programme for 20,000 people affected by the floods in Yemen.

As of Monday, the agency had delivered high energy biscuits and dates by air and was offering logistical support to other humanitarian organizations.

In Geneva, Spokeswoman Emilia Casella says WFP has an existing programme in Yemen for one million people to assist them with development and nutritional assistance over the next five years.

"We are specifically assisting malnourished children under five, people with tuberculosis, leprosy as well as increasing access to education among girls. And we are also assisting almost 45,000 vulnerable Somali refugees who are in Yemen. So with this existing programme, existing logistical network that we have we are well placed to assist with food that's already in the country, and especially to the people who have been affected, who have no cooking facilities."

Caselli says WFP is providing ready-to-eat food to the affected people.