The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The World Food Programme (WFP) delivered food to 46,000 families affected by drought in Nicaragua.

The delivery was made to the National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters (SINAPRED), following a request made by the central government, WFP announced in a press release.

“The food is intended for 46,000 families in 66 municipalities of 9 departments (provinces) of the country,” explained the agency of the United Nations in Nicaragua.

Delivery, whose monetary value is $1.2 million consisted of 1,400 metric tons of red beans, rice, corn, micronutrient-fortified cereal, vegetable oil and salt, according to official information.

The provinces will benefit Boaco, Chinandega, Chontales, Estelí, León, Madriz, Managua, Matagalpa and Nueva Segovia, all municipalities belonging to the so-called “dry corridor”, where the drought is more pronounced.

The donation will be delivered to the beneficiaries in packs of 15 kilos of rice, 7.5 kilos of maize, beans 5 kilos, 2.5 kilos of cereal, 3 liters of oil and 1 kilo of salt, which should be sufficient for each family for a month, as calculated by the PMA.

“Drought is one of the most dramatic phenomena that hits home. When crops are affected by lack of rain, families lose the opportunity to receive income and have food reserves for the rest of the year,” said WFP representative in Nicaragua, Helmut W. Rauch, through the statement.

The donation was made possible by contributions from Australia, Brazil and Canada, and is part of the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) for small household populations in crisis due to natural phenomena.

The Central American country is suffering its worst drought since 1982, according to official records.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica