WFP airdrops food to remote areas of South SudanListen /
Internally displaced people in remote insecure areas of South Sudan have started receiving airdrops of what the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has called "urgently needed" food assistance.
WFP launched the operation to feed people affected by conflict and to resupply isolated refugee camps where food stocks have dwindled.
Chris Nikoi, WFP's Director in South Sudan, said they are in a race against time to get assistance to people in critical need who they haven't been able to reach by road or river.
He said that given the level of the conflict, WFP has known for some time that they would have to move food by air to some parts of the country.
But he added WFP has faced more difficulties than envisioned and now needs to deliver more food by air than originally planned.
Airdrops are planned for nine locations in Upper Nile, Jonglei and Unity states, and may be expanded to other areas.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.