WFP assists food crisis victims in Chin state

Aug 26, 2008 (DVB), The World Food Programme and the United Nations Development Programme have been working on a programme in Chin state to help victims of the food crisis.

WFP's Burma country director Chris Kaye said the organisation has been involved in joint efforts in Chin state, which has been hit by food shortages due to the mass flowering of bamboo and rodent infestations.

"We have been working in Htantalan township and UNDP is working in Palatwa township," said Kaye, referring to two townships in Chin state.

"There is actually a limited capacity; it has been very difficult to get additional resources because of the impact of Cyclone Nargis and the attention that has been given to the millions of people in the delta."

However, Kaye said the operation in Chin state should not impact on the level of assistance the WFP could continue to provide in the Irrawaddy delta.

"We have two broad programmes in Myanmar , one is for the Nargis-affected area, it is an emergency operation," he said.

"We have one other programme, which is for a variety of different locations, which is a protracted relief and recovery operation which includes Chin state as well as locations in Shan [and] Kachin [states]."

Kaye said the Burmese government had approved the operation which covered Chin state, despite the lack of reporting on the crisis in state media.

Reporting by Khin Maung Soe Min

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