Food distributions under the relief operation (PRRO 200712) in October are almost complete. Food dispatches and deliveries for November are ongoing. WFP has increased the number of people receiving cash from 200,000 to 600,000 in October/November. Cash-based transfers allow targeted households to purchase food of their choice. Cash-based transfers are being implemented in specific locations where the markets are functional and able to provide enough food for purchase.
The Logistics Cluster has erected 77 mobile storage units (MSUs) to augment the Government’s storage capacity for the relief operation. The storage units have provided an additional 46,800 metric tons of storage capacity. The erection of these structures is providing 77 percent of the total storage required (60,800 MT). In addition, 39 structures are currently under construction. The logistics cluster has also completed the first local construction of one warehouse in Elwane, Somali region, providing 350 MT of additional storage capacity. A budget revision is underway to extend the special operation to March 2017.
As of 31 October, a total of 36,673 South Sudanese refugees had arrived in Gambella, Ethiopia since the beginning of September 2016. WFP is providing high energy biscuits to newly arrived refugees upon arrival and dry rations once settled in the camps. Nutrition screening is ongoing at the border entry points and in the camps. A total of 8,742 children between 6-59 months have been screened since 03 September; the global acute malnutrition rate stands at 6.8 percent. WFP is doing its utmost to address the nutrition situation. All moderately malnourished children are immediately enrolled in treatment programmes to prevent further deterioration. WFP in partnership with UNHCR, UNICEF and IOM have obtained funds through the Central Emergency Response Funds (CERF) to provide life-saving assistance to newly arrived refugees.
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