Mawlamyine, 2 June

The  World Food Programme and its partners have reached over 230,000 people with life-saving food assistance in Rakhine and Magway affected by Cyclone Mocha.

The severe cyclone on 14 May has led to immediate and long-term food security, and salt ware has contaminated farmland and fishponds in Rakhine state, along with the devastation of rice seed stocks and livestock.

 WFP’s food assistance has reached Kyauktaw, Kyaukphyu, Sittway, Ponnagyun, Pauktaw, Myaebon, Mrauk-U and Yathedaung townships in central Rakhine, and Buthidang and Maungdaw townships I northern Rakhine.

Families previously displaced by conflict and Rohingya communities living in camps in central Rakhine and villages in northern Rakhine received the relief assistance.

The WFP is now trying to get US$60 million to provide emergency food and nutrition assistance to 2.1 million highly food-insecure people until the end of the year throughout the country. If additional funding is not confirmed soon, all of WFP’s life-save programmes will be interrupted in August 2023.

The early monitoring by WFP and its partners has shown that the most immediate needs in the hardest hit areas of severe cyclone are food, shelter, drinking water and sanitation.

News—Than Lwin Times

Photo—Scenes after Cyclone Mocha in Rakhine State

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