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72 tonnes of food aid for quake-struck Guatemala: WFP

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Guatemala City: The World Food Program has begun distributing some 72 tons of emergency food aid to help victims of last week's powerful earthquake, officials at the international agency said.

"We are working diligently to continue giving an immediate response to the needs of people in need of shelter," Anne Valand, an official with the United Nations-run group, said in a statement yesterday.

The WFP said the food aimed to help the Central American country's 13,000 quake victims, many of whose homes were damaged and live disrupted by the November 7 quake off the coast of western Guatemala.

Forty-four people died in the 7.4 magnitude quake, making it the country's most violent seismic event since 1976 when almost 23,000 people perished in an earthquake. The same area was hit by a 6.2-magnitude aftershock three days later.

The food aid included corn, beans, cooking oil and enriched flour, said the WFP, which said the staples were meant to tide over needy families for about 10 days.

PTI

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