WFP is providing highly fortified biscuits to 6,000 children and pregnant women in displaced people’s camps in and around the capital, Dili, to complement the government’s relief rations. That number is expected to rise in the coming days.
WFP has also distributed emergency rations to women, children and in-patients in the National Hospital in Dili.
In the eastern region of Lospalos, rice and fortified biscuits will be distributed to over 1,000 displaced people in the coming two days.
WFP has re-started operations for children and new mothers in the Oecussi region in the east, where 50 metric tonnes of rice had been pre-positioned as an emergency reserve.
WFP is working closely with authorities in Timor Leste to increase food distributions to displaced people in the coming days.
Insecurity complicates operations
WFP and the government have agreed to provide food to 30,000 people in the countryside who have been affected by the recent fighting.
Plans are also being made for assistance to 1,500 families in Liquica district, west of Dili, as well as for deliveries of rice to communities affected by the fighting in Maubara, Alieu, Baucau and Atauro districts.
However, insecurity continues to make operations difficult, particularly the loading, transport and distribution of food in the capital.