The WFP on Thursday began distributing food vouchers

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The World Food Programme on Thursday began distributing food vouchers to pregnant women in under served districts in, Colombo, marking the start of the UN agency’s emergency response in the country, which is facing its gravest political and economic crisis since independence.

WFP is working to provide life-saving food, cash and voucher assistance to three million of the most vulnerable people who can no longer meet their food needs due to the unprecedented economic meltdown.

Last week, the UN and partners launched a joint Humanitarian Needs and Priorities Plan requesting more than 47 million dollars, to aid some 1.7 million worst hit by the spiralling economic crisis.

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