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Paraguay: Humanitarian Convoy Brings Relief to Families in El Chaco

Goverment trucks with a sample of the food rations to be distributed to the people in El Chaco. (Copyright: WFP/Ximena Loza)

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the National Emergency Secretariat (SEN), with the support of other UN agencies and NGOs, dispatched on 1 October some 16 trucks with emergency food for distribution among the people of El Chaco who are still recovering from this year's severe floods. 

ASUNCIÓN. -The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in coordination with the National Emergency Secretariat of Paraguay and the United Nations System, dispatched on Monday a convoy of 16 trucks with 162 metric tons of food relief for distribution among 59 communities of three regions of El Chaco that were affected by severe floods.

More Than 50,000 People Will Receive Food Rations
In all some 1,800 metric tons of food will be distributed among some 50,000 people who were affected by this year's extreme weather and found themselves in food insecurity in El Chaco, traditionally an semi-desertic region in Paraguay.

The WFP has the resources for two more food distributions and is currently developing a food security assessment in the region. The preliminary results of this assessment will be available by the end of October.

The Food Is Bought Locally
The family rations are distributed for a period of 30 days and is made up of of 4 litres of fortified vegetable oil fortified with vitamin A, 15 kilos of rice, 15 kilos of beans and 15 kilos of wheat flour, plus iodized salt. The food was bought locally to support production and strengthen the national market. The rations are adapted to the eating habits of the indigenous people of El Chaco.

Coordinated Humanitarian Response
The full response to this emergency with no precedent in Paraguay is led by the Paraguayan Government, in coordination with various agencies of the UN, the Paraguayan Red Cross and with the international non-governmental organizations such as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), International Cooperation (COOPI), Intermon, Oxfam, and Plan International.