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Guatemala: WFP Reaches More than 7.000 People Affected by Floods

GUATEMALA -The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing emergency assistance to 1,472 families from Nueva ConcepciĆ³n, in the Department of Escuintla, after the Coyolate River flooded their houses, destroyed their crops and also blocked road access.

Following a request from the Government of Guatemala –through the Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SESAN)—WFP and the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) moved some 120,336 metric tons of food for distribution among the affected populations with the support of Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food (MAGA). The food rations will cover the daily basic food and nutritional needs of more than 7,000 people during the next month.

“Our humanitarian team is in the area monitoring the situation and the food distributions in coordination with government entities,” said Mario Touchette, WFP Representative in Guatemala. “In WFP we are working to support the affected populations and we stand ready to continue our work if it is necessary.”

WFP is delivering food rations–maize, beans, rice, fortified cooking oil and “Super Cereal”—to the affected Guatemalan households thanks to the contributions made by the Government of Brazil, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, and the Italian Development Cooperation in Guatemala.