Oct 17, 2001, 12:01 AM
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WFP assistance, food needs also Tajikistan Programme Food World Nations United The -- IRNA 17, Oct Rome, are who people million one for aid food urgent for appealed Wednesday .Tajikistan in drought year two devastating a from suffering is Republics, Soviet former the of poorest the of one Tajikistan, civil five-year gruelling a of aftermath the with struggling still that drought crippling The .hardships economic severe facing and war also has that phenomenon regional a of part is Tajikistan hit WFP for support donor but Afghanistan, neighbouring afflicted .less much been has Tajikistan in operations 36 worth food, of tonnes metric 67,000 some needs urgently WFP people drought-affected most the of needs the cover to USD, million .2002 June to January from 303,000 only at estimated 2001, in output cereal Tajikistan's five last the of average the to compared 36% by down is tons, metric a cereals of tonnes million one than more needs Tajikistan .years expected not imports commercial With .consumption domestic for year with grapple to have will Tajikistan tonnes, metric 400,000 exceed to .2002 mid until tons metric 341,000 of gap uncovered an on impact dramatic a have will unmet, if magnitude, this of gap A" said "areas, mountainous and remote in live who Tajiks million one .Director Country Tajikistan WFP Meghdessian, Ardag have who people, these of many for looms famine of spectre The" no virtually have and savings meagre their depleted already them help to have We" .warned Meghdessian "opportunities, employment ".winter harsh the survive MG/KS End