WFP to deliver emergency aid to Cuba in response to Hurricane Sandy
Published on November 8, 2012 at 4:25 AM
"The U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) is to deliver emergency aid to the south-east of Cuba, where Hurricane Sandy wrought widespread damage," BBC News reports. "The WFP is also appealing for $20 million (£12.5) to help some 425,000 Haitians affected by the storm," the news service writes, noting, "The WFP is planning to work with the Cuban government to distribute emergency one-month aid in Santiago de Cuba, which is home to 500,000 residents."
"The hurricane, which hit Cuba on 25 October and left 11 people dead, brought down many buildings and knocked out the electricity," according to BBC, which adds, "Sandy caused widespread damage to infrastructure, crops, and livestock in both Haiti and Cuba" (11/6). "In Haiti, ruined by a devastating earthquake two years ago, famine is threatening 1.5 million people," Voice of Russia notes (11/6).
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