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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2590

400m lack adequate food in South Asia

By Wajid Ali Syed – Washington Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Washington, 03 June, (Asiantribune.com): The UN Children's Fund agency says the global financial crisis has left 100 million more people without adequate food in South Asia compared to two years ago.

In a new report Tuesday, UNICEF said more than 400 million people in the region suffered from chronic hunger in 2007-2008. It said women and children were particularly vulnerable. The report said three-quarters of people in South Asia live on less than $2 a day. It blamed the rising cost of food for making it difficult for families to provide the minimum recommended daily requirements.

The agency called on the region's governments to invest more in health and education to help alleviate the crisis.

Meanwhile, the another UN agency, UNHCR in its latest update on Sri Lanka displacement situation has said that some 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDP) are accommodated in the 40 emergency shelter sites.

UNHCR and other agencies have erected some 8,800 emergency shelters and more than 14,000 tents so far and will continue to set up more as land clearance continues. This year alone, UNHCR says, that it has distributed some 66,000 bed sheets, 73,000 plastic mats, 31,000 kitchen sets, tens of thousands of hygiene kits and hundreds of thousands of men’s and women’s clothing and other items.

The agency appreciated the Sri Lankan government's move to release categories of persons with special needs, including the elderly and pregnant women, to specialized institutions as well as reunifying families separated during flight.

- Asian Tribune -

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