Tuesday 31 January 2023 - 5:40:35 pm

WFP delivers over 2,400 metric tonnes of food to Ethiopia’s Tigray region


GENEVA, 25th November, 2022 (WAM) -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered over 2,400 metric tonnes of food, medical, nutrition and other lifesaving supplies, as well as 100,000 litres of fuel, to Ethiopia’s Tigray region following the signing of a peace agreement earlier this month and the reopening of all four road corridors.

The aid delivered to Tigray, since 15th November when WFP resumed operations using all four reopened road corridors, is enough to feed around 170,000 people.
According to the WFP report, the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), for the first time ever, is conducting flight rotations to transport passengers and humanitarian cargo into Shire airport in Tigray. WFP has just sent in the first UNHAS passenger flight to Mekelle since the end of August, after receiving federal clearances for passenger flights to resume to Mekelle.Regular UNHAS flights to Mekelle must continue.

Since the start of November, WFP has reached 29 percent of its caseload of 2.1 million people with food assistance in the Tigray region. WFP also continues to deliver food assistance in neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions. In Afar, WFP has delivered food assistance to 650,000 people three times this year. A fourth round is currently underway and 180,000 people (27 percent of people targeted) have been reached so far. In Amhara, WFP is currently delivering food assistance to 675,000 people for a fourth time this year and 611,000 people (90 percent of people targeted) have been reached so far.

Amjad Saleh/ Hazem Hussein