Emergency
Relief
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Photo: WFP/Bikkil Sthapit
Photo: WFP/Bikkil Sthapit
There when disaster strikes

From hurricanes and cyclones to outbreaks of conflict and drought, WFP responds immediately, delivering humanitarian aid and food to nearly 90 million people suffering from hunger in more than 80 countries each year.

50

years of experience providing emergency assistance

80%

of WFP’s time and resources are allocated to crisis zones

5,290

staff were deployed to 12 emergencies in 2015

Emergency Update: Hurricane Dorian
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Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud

Hurricanes & Cyclones

Violent storms are disastrous for vulnerable populations. Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and Cyclone Idai in Mozambique are just the two most recent examples of WFP’s emergency response.

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Photo: WFP/Giulio d'Adamo

Drought & Flooding

In places like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, seasonal rains cause widespread flooding that wash away fragile homes, drown farmland and ruin infrastructure. Drought often quickly follows, wreaking further havoc.

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Photo: WFP/Fares Khoailed

Violence & Conflict

Right now, over 821 million people—1 in 9—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. More than 60% of them live in conflict zones, primarily Yemen, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan and the DRC.

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WFP in Action: the First 48 Hours

WFP's Emergency Programs

Photo: WFP/Alessandro Pavone
Emergency Food

High-energy biscuits are pre-packaged and shelf-stable. When cooking facilities are scarce, they are easy to distribute and can be eaten without water or cooking.

Photo: WFP/Saikat Mojumder
Engineering

When roads are washed away in storms or bridges are destroyed by fighting, WFP helps local communities rebuild them so they can withstand future upheaval.

Early Warnings

Using cutting edge technology, WFP monitors emergencies before they happen. If conflict or natural disasters are on the way, WFP takes action.

Telecommunications

WFP is the leader of the United Nation’s emergency communications relief efforts. Its experts work to re-establish vital networks brought down by storms.

Stories of Survival

Photo: WFP/Nafisa Reshtin Food Stocks and Medical Supplies: How WFP Is Rising to the Challenge of COVID-19

WFP is prepositioning food, delivering medical equipment, providing emergency food rations, and using its global logistics network to help the world's most vulnerable populations cope with COVID-19.

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Photo: WFP/Suzanne Fenton Small Radio Stations Saved Lives Before Cylone Idai Wiped Them Out. See What They're Doing Now.

“Move to higher ground!” “Keep your family together!” “Keep your phones charged and dry!” These were the warnings that rang out in the hours before the storm hit.

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Photo: WFP/Matteo Cosorich Eating Insects and Praying for Rain: Zimbabwe Is Gripped by Hunger

With nearly 8 million people — half the country’s population — severely food insecure, families can do nothing but pray for rain. Bread now costs 20 times what it cost six months ago.

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The Emergency Response Fund

The fund supports WFP operations during unexpected disasters and emergencies. It’s an efficient, flexible solution for donors who are looking to fast-track their charitable gifts to people in dire need.

The Case for Support

Want a closer look at our emergency response programs? Our case has all the photos, figures and details you’re looking for. From split-second earthquakes to year-long droughts, WFP is there.

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