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Earthquake Haiti - UN food aid reaches 60,000 Haitian quake victims

The United Nations has so far extended food assistance to 60,000 people in the capital of Haiti, which was struck by a catastrophic earthquake last week, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expected to touch down in Port-au-Prince this afternoon.

Within 24 hours of the 12 January tremors, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) had started distributing food and ultimately aims to reach 2 million people as part of its emergency programme.

By last night, it had fed at least 60,000 people impacted by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which is believed to have affected one third of Haiti's 9-million strong population, with ready-to-eat meals.

Given the security and logistical issues in transporting and delivering food in the capital, which was hit hardest by the tremors, WPF flew over Port-au-Prince yesterday and Friday, as well as conducting on-the-ground inspections, to determine possible locations for food distributions, which require military escorts from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

Datum: 17 Januari 2010
Bron: Press release United Nations (UN)

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