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In Malawi, the World Food Programme faces a critical funding shortage of $6.3 million, forcing it to implement cuts in food rations for 51,000 refugees living in the Dzaleka camp. The new cash allowance will be $5.90 per person per month — down from $8.50 — barely enough to meet monthly food requirements.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today warned that at least 573,000 children under the age of five are at risk of suffering from malnutrition in Malawi. UNICEF noted that the country is still grappling with the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Freddy, with over 650,000 people internally displaced.

Two months after Tropical Cyclone Freddy devastated Malawi, United Nations agencies continue to support the Government-led response. While humanitarian assistance has reached 1.4 million people, more funding is needed to continue this work and the flash appeal — only 21 per cent funded — is asking for $116 million.

In Syria, the United Nations and its partners are continuing to help people impacted by the earthquakes. Across the country, more than a million people have received tents, shelter kits and other emergency items. About 1.1 million people have received food rations and nearly 2 million hot meals have been provided.

The United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic, in its ongoing support to the Government and the national disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation process, recently donated vehicles and office equipment to help build the third mobile team conducting disarmament and demobilization operations.

United Nations humanitarian partners are providing water, hygiene and sanitation services, and shelter materials to temporary displacement sites in Malawi, and food and water treatment chemicals to Mozambique, following the destruction wrought by Tropical Cyclone Freddy. Heavy rain and wind continue to hamper those operations.