Almost 500,000 people in Sindh province - one of the hardest-hit flood areas in the country - received food rations and assistance this month, and the WFP is gearing up to increase the number of its daily beneficiaries by nearly 50,000.
Even though roads, bridges and infrastructure were heavily damaged during the flooding, the WFP hopes to reach 2.55 million people the area over the next four months.
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WFP Continues to Provide Aid For Pakistan Flood Victims
September 16, 2011
Over 5.5 million people have been affected by the flooding in Pakistan (consider how that's the same number of people who live in the Greater Toronto Area). The World Food Programme has been distributing food and water rations to those worst-hit by the flood, with emergency aid projected to be provided to about 500,000 people by the end of September.
The UN food agency hopes to reach 2.2 million in October. In-country food stocks are being used for relief, but the WFP will need donor support in the coming weeks to continue their work. A one-month WFP food ration includes wheat flour, pulses (a type of legume), vegetable oil, salt, high-energy biscuits, tea and children's food.
In response to the crisis, Pakistan's Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, has cancelled a planned US visit to address the United Nations General Assembly, and instead will visit the south of Pakistan tomorrow to be present for ongoing mass flood-relief efforts.
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More Than 200 Dead and 5 Million Affected by Pakistan Flooding
September 14, 2011
Heavy rains have led to widespread flooding in Pakistan, killing at least 233 people and affecting millions. In the past 24 hours alone, seven people were killed, according to a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority. 4.5 million acres have been flooded and approximately 1.19 million homes damaged or destroyed in Pakistan since late August.
Last year, Pakistan experienced terrible flooding that cost nearly 2000 lives, and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless. According to Britain's Telegraph newspaper, government officials dealing with this year's flooding "insist they are doing their best but skepticism remains widespread after what some Pakistanis consider was a poor response to last year's floods."
The flooding is most intense in the southern Sindh province, which was also hit hard in the 2010 floods. You know the situation is dire when Japan - still cleaning up a little over six months after their own earthquake and tsunami - has pledged aid to the Pakistani people, alongside China.
Earlier this year, George visited Pakistan with the World Food Programme to see first-hand the effects of last year's floods: