As the response to the victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar gathers momentum, WFP continues to distribute food deep in the worst affected parts of Irrawaddy delta, reaching over 27,000 people by Saturday with crucial food supplies.
In an encouraging development, 38 tons of high-energy biscuits – which arrived in Yangon on Friday and are enough to feed 95,000 people with first rations – were on Saturday handed to WFP.
On Sunday they were being collected and transported onwards for immediate distribution to the worst affected people.
Important supplies such as temporary warehousing, offices and accommodation, as well as generators, were flown in from Phnom Penh and handed straight to WFP on Saturday.
They will be transported immediately down into the delta as WFP looks to set up field offices capable of handling a major food distribution operation.
A further ten tons of high-energy biscuits arrived in Yangon over the weekend on two Thai Airways commercial flights.
As of Saturday, over 27,000 people had already received food from WFP in and around Yangon and in the Ayeyarwady delta. Dispatches of stocks in-country prior to the cyclone to the worst affected areas continue on a daily basis.