WFP reached 680,249 people in December with nutrition assistance, including in flood affected counties.
Fortified biscuit rations were reduced in December due to projected assistance breaks tied to funding shortfalls (flood-affected areas were exempt).
The government-provided Public Distribution System (PDS) ration in December was an average of 400 grams per person per day. This is higher than the 380 gram ration in November and meets approximately 69 percent of daily caloric requirements.
During December, WFP assisted 680,249 people with 2,952 mt of food.
Regular nutrition support was provided to 649,431 pregnant women, nursing mothers and children. As part of WFP’s flood response, 30,818 women and children were reached in December with nutrition support in the three worst flood-affected counties of Musan, Yonsa and Hoeryong, in North Hamgyong province. WFP does not have sufficient funding to reach all 95,000 people in need of nutrition support in all six flood-affected counties.
Food for Disaster Risk Reduction (FDRR) projects were completed on schedule, but food rations will be distributed in January.
WFP monitoring staff conducted 59 field monitoring visits in December, including to paediatric wards of hospitals, and pregnant and nursing women’s households.