Indonesia: UN agencies step up food, health aid to flood victims
At the request of the authorities, WFP dispatched an initial shipment of 526 boxes of micronutrient-enriched noodles and 702 boxes of high energy biscuits for 2,250 flood victims in south Jakarta, with agency trucks and personnel are on standby for further deliveries as new requests for aid come in.
“The World Food Programme stands ready to help more of the worst-affected people who have had to endure the flooding of their houses and neighbourhoods,” WFP Country Director Mohamed Saleheen said. “With yesterday's request from the Government, and working in close co-operation with Government agencies, we can immediately begin providing ready-to-eat foods for distribution to the victims.”
WFP and other UN agencies based in Jakarta have formed a rapid assessment team to determine further immediate needs of persons displaced by the flooding and available UN resources and supplies that can be provided to the Indonesian authorities, as required.
It also plans to launch an immunization campaign, during which children affected by the disaster will receive protection against polio and measles, and vitamin A supplements to boost their immune systems.