UN agencies mobilise in Sri Lanka to reach 400,000 displaced by tsunami

The World Food Programme (WFP) stepped in on Monday to feed 400,000 people displaced by tidal waves in Sri Lanka. The World Food Programme (WFP) stepped in on Monday to feed 400,000 people displaced by tidal waves in Sri Lanka. “The WFP is to provide nearly 4,000 metric tons of rice, wheat, lentils, and sugar valued at US $ 1.2 mn,” said a press release from the United Nations (UN) on Monday.

Initially the WFP plans to reach more than 400,000 people in affected districts in Sri Lanka.

The WFP is acting as part of a larger emergency relief programme by the UN system in the island, which kicked in to help those affected by Sunday’s shattering tidal waves.

“The United Nations stands ready to provide the assistance necessary to meet the needs created by this natural disaster,” said Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary-General in the statement.

Many UN bodies are already actively providing relief assistance in tidal wave affected areas.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for instance, is assisting the government mobilise its field staff in affected districts.

Later on, it will provide re