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Friday 7 January 2005

WFP appeals for $256 Million to feed 2 Million hit by Asian Tsunami

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a US$256 million appeal to provide food assistance over six months for two million people battered and traumatized by an earthquake and tsunami that washed out coastal villages and towns from Asia to Africa.

WFP’s appeal was launched by WFP Executive Director James Morris in conjunction with an overall appeal on behalf of UN agenciesby UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for a total of US$977 millionat an ASEAN leaders’ meeting with major donors in Jakarta to spur recovery efforts.

Some 169,000 metric tons of food – costing US$185 million – will be needed to provide crucial assistance for two million people.In view of the huge difficulties reaching remote areas where infrastructure was destroyed, WFP will use US$71 million to boost logistics, transport and communications across the region for the entire humanitarian community – just as it did in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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