UN food agency airlifts food to remote town in eastern DR CongoListen /
The World Food Programme (WFP) has airlifted food for thousands of people recently displaced by fighting in Punia town in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
According to WFP, fighting has broken out between Mai Mai rebels and units of the Congolese army over a mining area on the borders of North Kivu and Maniema provinces.
The agency says distributions of high-energy biscuit to the people in need in the isolated Punia town in the Maniema Province will begin on Saturday.
It points out that supplies to Punia can only be delivered by aircraft at the moment because heavy rains have made the unpaved roads impassable for trucks.
The agency says the 20 metric tons of rations airlifted from Goma over the last two days will feed about 40,000 displaced people in Punia.
WFP says it is planning another airlift to reach more of the people in need, but is currently facing a funding shortfall for the operation.
It estimates that close to $4 million are needed to assist all the recently displaced people in eastern DRC over the next five months.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.