Cyclone Nargis struck in Myanmar leaving more than
138,000 dead or missing and affecting some 2.4 million.
Now people has to travel by boat at least 4 hours because
they are far from the main town, were they are given food, oil,
salt and so on by the World Food Program.
to the UN, just over half of Labutta's 374,000 inhabitants were
severely affected by the cyclone, with half its 500 villages
destroyed. By 26 June, WFP had reached more than 300,000
cyclone-affected beneficiaries in Labutta with 3,850 MT of mixed
commodities. More than 500 villages/ward/camps under 50 village
tracts, the smallest government administrative zone in Labutta,
almost 28 percent of the affected people reported having no food
stock available on the day of the survey, while another 43 percent
said they only had food stocks sufficient to last between one and
were drawing from multiple sources to meet their daily food
requirements: 51 percent were dependent on humanitarian food
assistance and 54 percent on purchases from local markets.
Meanwhile, in Yangon
Division, which was also badly affected by the category four
storm, but where urban markets have largely recovered, the food
agency had been providing cash assistance to about 49,490
cyclone-affected people. "This
is the average amount one would spend on food on a daily
basis," the WFP official said of the US 50 cents daily
allowance. "Giving them cash will ensure they will be
able to buy their own food," she explained of the four-week
programme for beneficiaries which began in early June.
The programme, has, however, since been halted by
the authorities, due to their strong
about cash handouts.