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Libya at risk of food security crisis: UN agency

04-29-2011 11:17 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, April 28 (Xinhua) -- The World Food Program ( WFP) warned that Libya is at risk of a full-blown food security crisis within the next 45 to 60 days, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said here Thursday.

"The country's food security system has been severely disrupted and the country is unable to import enough food, due to disruption of port activities and the lack of fuel," Haq told reporters here at a daily news briefing.

"It also says that immediate steps must be taken to increase the flow of commercial goods, to replenish stocks of food and inputs for local production, and to maintain social safety nets," the spokesman added.

Humanitarian aid has arrived in the Libyan cities of Misrata and Benghazi over the last few days, the UN reported on Tuesday.

In Misrata, a ship belonging to the WFP has docked. The ship, which is the second to land in the city this month, carried 500 tons of food as well as three ambulances, drinking water, and medical supplies, according to the UN food agency.


Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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