World Food Program to assist one million hit by hurricanes
Campaign News | Thursday, 30 October 2008
Cuba and the UN World Food Program (WFP) signed here a document to implement a new UN aid action for 1, 780, 000 Cubans after the devastating passage on the Caribbean nation by hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
The document was signed on Friday by Cuba ’s Minister of Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation Marta Lomas and by WFP representative in Havana Sonsoles Ruedas.
The food aid to be provided by the WFP is estimated at a cost of 5,7 million dollars for a period of six months. The action also includes temporary storage facilities, and items, such as gas cookers for food-processing centers that provide meals to persons who lost their homes after the passage of the storms.
In order to implement the initiative, the WFP has started and emergency fund-collection campaign. As in previous occasions we trust in the generosity of donors who will help us undertake this task, which will allow us to provide aid to the affected population, said Sonsoles during a press conference in Havana .
In the aftermath of the storms, the WFP shipped to Cuba tens of thousands of canned fish and other foodstuffs, which were distributed to the population of the Isle of Youth municipality, the storm hard hit territory south of Havana .