WFP Assists Bangladesh Flood Victims

    A man walks along a flooded street in Bangladesh. Heavy rains have caused the rivers in the southern part of the country to overflow. Photo by: Sumaiya Ahmed / CC BY-NC-SA

    The World Food Program has started delivering packets of fortified biscuits to flood victims in Bangladesh, where days of heavy rains caused rivers in the southern part of the country to overflow.

    The food aid, which is expected to benefit some 57,000 people in the hardest-hit district of Satkhira, was bought and distributed with funding from Australia.

    “Satkhira is an area where malnutrition is endemic, so this food assistance is absolutely vital,” WFP Country Director Michael Dunford said in a news release.

    The food aid will be distributed by WFP in collaboration with the Bangladeshi government and Shushilon, a local non-governmental organization partner of the U.N. agency.

    WFP said it is ready to expand its relief program in Bangladesh if needed.

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