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There When Disaster Strikes

From hurricanes and cyclones to outbreaks of conflict and drought, WFP responds immediately, delivering humanitarian aid and food to 100 million people suffering from hunger in more than 80 countries each year.


years of experience providing emergency assistance


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


staff are on the ground on any given day, responding in real time

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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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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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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

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.


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
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We have only a few short weeks to secure the necessary funding and get food in place before mountain passes are blocked by snow

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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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