In northeast Nigeria, military action has allowed troops to enter remote areas, previously controlled by Boko Haram, but continuing insecurity has limited aid deliveries.
Consequently some 4.6 million people across the region are hungry and about two million need food urgently, according the UN’s World Food Program.
Last week helicopters flew aid and aid workers to remote areas to deliver food to more than 45,000 people, most of whom had received little or no assistance previously.
The WFP plans to fly into the northeast a dozen times a month, to be backed up by food delivered by road where possible, to provide support to some 300,000 people.
WFP’s country director for Nigeria said, “Our teams will carry out emergency missions as long as needed.”
He said that hunger and malnutrition rates have improved hugely in areas that have become accessible in recent months.
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