WFP Operational Update Pakistan Floods Emergency
30 September 2011
- Since the start of distributions on 12 September, WFP has provided almost 7,000 metric tons of monthly family food rations to 490,000 beneficiaries.
- WFP has increased the pace of food distributions, reaching close to 50,000 new beneficiaries each day, with the geographic coverage expanding to six priority districts - Badin, Mirpur Khas, Sanghar, Tharparkar, Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah) and Umer Kot.
- WFP plans to scale up deliveries in October to cover 2.55 million people across Sindh and Balochistan over the next four months. In preparation for a scale-up, WFP is in the process of contracting additional cooperating partners.
- In light of the recent National Nutritional Survey that highlights alarming levels of malnutrition in Sindh, the WFP one-month rations include – alongside the general family food basket – high-energy biscuits and ready-to-use supplementary food to address expected nutritional decline amongst these vulnerable groups.
- A joint WFP-UNICEF programme on Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) is being expanded to include the disaster-hit districts of Sindh, in an effort to provide treatment to young children and lactating mothers for moderate and acute malnutrition.
- A joint rapid initial assessment has been conducted in 11 flood-affected districts of Balochistan. Preliminary data suggests that food is the most urgent need. Food stocks have been destroyed and access to local markets has been severely hampered.
- WFP is providing logistical support to the entire humanitarian community. It has provided 5 boats for mobile medical services and rescue/evacuation purposes. Warehouses are operational in eight districts, the latest in Umerkot.
- In addition to the latest response, since last year, through its Early Recovery activities, WFP has reached nearly 4.4 million individual beneficiaries in all flood affected areas across Pakistan.