Emergency food security assessment
- Emergency conditions persist in the earthquake zone and are unlikely to abate before the spring.
- Food and shelter are in critical need if those who endured the earthquake are to survive the rapidly approaching winter.
- Some 2.3 million people will require food assistance at least through April 2006, according to the latest emergency food security assessment conducted by WFP, UNICEF, and OXFAM.
- Of that total, 2.1 million people are scattered about the rural parts of the earthquake zone. Another 230,000 live in the worst affected towns and this number is growing.
- Click here to read the latest emergency food security assessment.
- To date, WFP has dispatched 13,735 tonnes of food and has reached 901,757 survivors, against a target of one million of the people hit hardest by the earthquake, which struck on October 8.
- Commodities distributed include high-energy biscuits, dates, wheat flour, pulses, and vegetable oil.
- Another 1.3 million people have received food from the Government of Pakistan, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
- Even so, WFP estimates that some 100,000 people in remote mountainous areas inaccessible by road and from the air have received neither shelter nor any other form of aid.
- It is important to pre-position supplies close to the more remote villages before winter sets in next month.
- WFP plans to pre-position and then lift or drop sufficient food for 200,000 people in hard-to-reach areas for one month, and then to re-supply each month. Winter will make re-supplying problematic but not impossible.
Funding a critical challenge
- Funding remains a critical challenge for all emergency operations. WFP's emergency effort has received only 38 percent of the funding it needs.
- Despite a recent US$10 million influx of donations for WFP's air operation, the agency has had to shelve plans to expand its 15-helicopter Pakistan fleet.
- Such cost-saving measures, coupled with the Pakistan Army's work to clear and repair roads damaged by landslides (thus reducing the need for helicopters in some areas), have ensured that the WFP-run U.N. Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) undertaking in Pakistan can remain aloft into January.