With humanitarian needs growing in the Central African Republic, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is responding to the country’s ongoing flooding, providing assistance to 30,000 people in urgent need of food assistance. From July, torrential rains caused flooding in Bangui, Bangassou (southwest) and Paoua (northwest) prefectures, leaving 22,450 people without home, livelihood or assets. Many of those affected have stayed with host families or in public spaces such as schools or churches – but weather services are forecasting heavier rainfall
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- Through a government-appointed Crisis Committee, WFP and humanitarian partners coordinate assessments, plan and direct humanitarian response to flood-affected people.
- WFP has already reached 2,230 people in Bangui and Begoua and 4,560 people in Nana-Mambere and Ouam Fafa prefectures with emergency food aid through the distribution of cash and vouchers. Each family will receive 32,000 XAF ($50) to meet their food and nutrition needs.
- This climate catastrophe comes at a time when the country is mired in a grave humanitarian crisis, with hunger and humanitarian needs reaching unprecedented proportions as a result of conflict, displacement and widespread poverty. A staggering 2.2 million people, or one in three in the country, are now affected by acute hunger – the highest on record.
- In the Central African Republic, WFP regularly assists 665,000 people in 10 locations (including Bangui) and provides emergency financial assistance to help families meet immediate needs – especially during the lean season from June to August, while also helping to support the Build resilience of communities facing recurring and successive shocks. WFP is also supporting malnourished people living with HIV/AIDS with antiretroviral treatment, assisting 2,200 people in Bangui and Bria between July and September 2022.
- WFP needs $37.6 million to continue operations across Central African Republic over the next six months.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the World Food Program (WFP).
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