UN to provide food to Pakistan quake survivors

October 30th, 2008 - 9:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Oct 30 (DPA) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said Thursday it planned to provide food assistance to nearly 20,000 people left homeless by the deadly earthquake that struck Pakistan’s northwestern Balochistan province Wednesday. “We need to move fast, so we are going to start distributing food stocks from our warehouses in Quetta and Peshawar, so we can reach the people who need it most,” WFP Pakistan Country Director Wolfgang Herbinger said in a statement.

He added that the organisation would be coordinating its response with the government and other UN agencies.

The WFP plans to initially provide 700 tonnes of dry food rations to affected communities. The packages include wheat flour, pulses, cooking oil and salt for two months, according to the statement.

According to official figures, between 200 and 300 people lost their lives and more than 300 were injured in the earthquake that flattened several villages.

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