Amid growing humanitarian needs in the Central African Republic, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is responding to the ongoing floods in the country, deploying assistance to 30,000 people in dire need of food aid. From July, torrential rains caused flooding in Bangui, as well as in the prefectures of Bangassou (south-west) and Paoua (north-west), leaving 22,450 people without shelter, means of subsistence or possessions. Many of those affected are sheltering with host families or in public spaces like schools or churches – but weather services predict heavier rains

Additional information for journalists:

  • Through a crisis committee set up by the government, WFP and humanitarian partners are coordinating assessments, planning and delivering humanitarian relief to people affected by the floods.
  • WFP has already reached 2,230 people in Bangui and Begoua and 4,560 people in Nana-Mambéré and Ouam Fafa prefectures with emergency food assistance through cash and voucher distributions. Each family receives XAF 32,000 (US$50) to meet their food and nutritional needs.
  • This climate catastrophe comes at a time when the country is grappling with a severe humanitarian crisis, with hunger and humanitarian needs reaching unprecedented levels due to conflict, displacement and widespread poverty. A staggering 2.2 million people, or one in three people in the country, now face acute hunger – the highest on record.
  • In CAR, WFP regularly assists 665,000 people in 10 localities (including Bangui), providing emergency cash assistance to help families meet immediate needs – particularly during the lean season from June to August, while helping to build the resilience of communities facing recurrent and consecutive shocks. . WFP is also assisting malnourished people living with HIV/AIDS on antiretroviral treatment, helping 2,200 people in Bangui and Bria between July and September 2022.
  • WFP needs US$37.6 million to continue operations across CAR over the next six months.

Distributed by APO Group for the World Food Program (WFP).