Sunday, August 8, 2010

World Food Programme

Tahera Nassrat --
Here in Pakistan, heavy rains have washed away homes, shops, and bridges. Large parts of the northwest remain submerged, and many people are stranded with no access to food.

Yesterday we started delivering emergency food supplies to families in the hardest-hit areas. Over the next three months, in support of national efforts, we aim to help up to 150,000 families.

These floods are reportedly the worst in living memory, killing at least 1,100 people and leaving 1.5 million people in desperate need of help.

Even before the rains hit, we’ve been providing emergency rations to one million people affected by intense fighting in northwest Pakistan, while supporting an additional 2.7 million crisis-affected people.

The best way to help right now is to support our emergency response efforts.

The floods have also caused extensive damage to World Food Programme warehouses where we’re storing significant food stocks for Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan. We’re going to need all the help we can get to continue our lifesaving operations, while ensuring we can meet the needs of victims in an emergency.

As you probably know, we rely entirely on voluntary contributions. On behalf of the flood victims and my colleagues here in Pakistan, thank you so much for your support of WFP.



Dominique Frankefort
Deputy Country Director, Pakistan
World Food Programme

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