WFP Secures Fresh Assistance from US

    Food aid provided by the World Food Programme for flood victims in Sindh province, southeastern Pakistan. The U.S. donated USD90 million for post-flood operations in Pakistan. Photo by: Natasha Scripture / WFP

    The U.S. donated USD90 million in support of the World Food Program’s post-flood operations in Pakistan, the agency has announced.

    The donation, along with other recent contributions, will help WFP avoid a reduction in the volume of food aid it provides to millions of people affected by the recent floods in Pakistan.

    “With these funds behind us, we can ensure an uninterrupted flow of food assistance to the hungriest and the most vulnerable in Pakistan, especially young children,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in a news release.

    The U.S.’s contribution comprise USD45 million in cash and USD45 million worth of in-kind aid, including wheat flour, dried peas and vegetable oil. The donation is expected to benefit more than 7 million people until early next year.

    “This donation, along with others, will buy us more time,” Sheeran said. “We had genuine concerns that we would have to cut rations for hungry people if we could not mobilise more funds. With this wave of support, we now have some breathing space at least until the New Year,” she added.

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