Wednesday, April 17, 2024

UN Food Program Begins Delivering Food Relief to Flood Victims

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The United Nations World Food Programme has begun delivering relief food assistance to more than a quarter of a million vulnerable people heavily impacted by recent flash flooding.

On top of last year’s drought that plunged 2.3 million people into food insecurity, recent flash floods have left an estimated 1.1 million in need of food assistance.

WFP Representative in Zambia Jennifer Bitonde says unpredictable weather patterns are having a profound impact on the lives of the most vulnerable in Zambia.

She said the COVID-19 pandemic hit Zambia as people affected by drought and flash floods were just starting to recover and rebuild their livelihoods and this risk undermining resilience gains and further aggravating food insecurity of the most vulnerable.

Ms Bitonde said WFP is working with the Government and the national disaster management agency to deliver immediate relief food to 260,000 food-insecure people in 32 flood-affected districts in central, northern and eastern parts of Zambia.

She said with COVID-19 preventative measures in place, people affected by the floods are receiving up to 30-day rations of government-supplied maize meal, together with WFP pulses that ensure an adequate protein intake.

Ms Bitonde has thanked the Government of the United States and the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, whose support has enabled this significant intervention.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I knew Northern cant miss on the list, people there likes free things despite having abundant rains and land. No wonder even dull politicians like FP found it easy to manipulate them, whilst they keep dancing that they are kings makers with nothing to show for it in there districts. Paliba akamungulu nobunangani!

  2. Thank you World, thank you UN. IN TIMES LIKE THESE WE NEED AN ANCHOR, friends.

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