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WFP delivers food to over 1 million people in Tigray

WFP delivers food to over 1 million people in Tigray

United Nations, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) delivered food to over a million people in the north-west and parts of southern Tigray in June and July under the second round of distributions, despite numerous challenges.
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But severe shortages of food, cash, fuel and functioning telecommunications equipment mean WFP has only reached half of those it planned to reach, including communities on the verge of famine.

WFP aims to reach 2.1 million people with emergency food assistance from August onwards and needs at least 6,000 metric tons of food each week to do so.

Due to insecurity and operational constraints, it has been unable to bring these quantities into Tigray in recent weeks.

Preliminary nutrition screening data shows Global Acute Malnourishment (GAM) rates near 30% for children under five years old and up to 80% for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

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