8 Photos - Jul 20, 2012
Photo: WFP has reached 92,000 affected people in Northern Rakhine State with food supplies.Photo: At a food distribution site near Sittwe, these mothers receive rations of hot meals consisting of rice and mung beans.Photo: Though the road between two of the highly-affected townships – Buthidaung and Maungdaw – has been cut off following a landslide, WFP is ensuring that mothers and children are receiving nutritious food assistance. This period is the traditional ‘lean season’ or ‘hunger gap’ when food stocks are at their lowest as the main annual harvest is awaited towards the end of the year. It is also a time when child malnutrition rates are expected to be at their peak.Photo: Affected people, particularly mothers and children, are highly dependent on WFP’s life-saving food assistance.Photo: A camp hosting displaced people in That Kay Pyin. WFP is currently conducting an Emergency Needs Assessment with other UN agencies and NGOs in the affected areas in order to have a better picture of humanitarian assistance needed and also to plan a coordinated response.Photo: Food has been distributed to both displaced persons and to affected communities who are hosting significant numbers of displaced people.Photo: In order to respond to increasing needs on the ground, WFP has dispatched an additional 440 tons of mixed food commodities and 1,000 tons of rice to Sittwe for further distribution.Photo: Families lining up to receive their food assistance from WFP. Monsoon rains continue to lash the affected area, making life even more difficult for the displaced.