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UN's food agency responding to Balkans flood emergency

WFP Scales Up Emergency Response To Flood Victims In The Balkans
WFP Scales Up Emergency Response To Flood Victims In The Balkans
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As massive flooding is striking Serbia, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is responding with emergency aid. WFP said today it has airlifted water tanks, generators, inflatable boats and other supplies to the disaster areas.

Norway and Italy have helped provided the emergency supplies to help thousands of people who have been evacuated. More shipments are expected today. The flooding is said to be one of the worst ever natural disasters for the Balkans.

WFP also says it will be sending high-energy biscuits to the region. This food is ready-to-eat and provides multiple vitamins with no cooking or special storage required. The biscuits and similar foods are frequently used in disaster areas because they are easy and quick to distribute.

A US $ 1.5 million relief operation for Serbia has been planned by WFP. It will reach 150,000 people at least. WFP relies on voluntary donations and the Balkans emergency is the latest disaster it has responded to.

Wars and hunger emergencies in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic are among other emergencies WFP is leading the humanitarian response. However, these relief operations are facing a lack of funding from the international community.