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Pakistan floods

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 agosto 2010

Islamabad  –  The  United  Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up emergency relief to  victims  of  catastrophic  flooding  in  Pakistan, prioritizing  the  worst-affected  areas of Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda and Nowshera,  as  it  continues  to  identify  stricken communities across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province. Further  food  distributions  are  planned to start in Swat and Dera Ismail Khan  in  the  coming  days,  in  conjunction  with an extensive network of national and international partner NGOs. “We are now into the third day of delivering food to hungry families in Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda and Nowshera, and have reached more than 40,
000 people with life-saving rations,” said WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran. “We are prioritising the worst-affected areas.  More distributions are due to start as WFP mobilises staff to overcome immense logistical challenges.”  “Operations are being mounted on both sides of the border – in Pakistan and in Afghanistan – in these heartbreaking days of loss and suffering,”
Sheeran added.  Food  supplies  targeting  a  total of 250,000 people over this week, will  continue  for a third day in these four areas on Tuesday, while WFP  prepares  to  extend operations to other communities affected by the worst flooding in over 80 years. Families  are  receiving  a  one-month  supply  of  food,  including high-energy  biscuits and ready-to-use foods specifically targeted to protect young children. WFP  is  currently  conducting  food  needs  assessments  in the four worst-hit areas. First indications are that around 1.8 million people across  the  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  (KPK)  province are in need of foodassistance. Elsewhere, preliminary assessments  indicate  that  up  to  20,000 families  in  other affected areas of Punjab and Balochistan may have been  forced  from their homes by the flooding and be in need of food
assistance. WFP is monitoring the situation closely. Access remains a major challenge to mounting distributions, with manyareas effectively cut off, as roads and bridges  have been washed away by the flooding.

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