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U.N. Food Program Gives Mitch Aid

January 16, 1999

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) _ The World Food Program has agreed along with two private charity groups to distribute relief to Nicaraguan victims of Hurricane Mitch, the U.N. aid group said Saturday.

The Rome-based group will work with Save The Children and Catholic Relief Services to deliver aid to some 400,000 people in northern Nicaragua and along the Atlantic coast. The aid program is expected to end May 15.

Working with non-governmental organizations ``is a new method of operations for the World Food Program,″ program representative Gordana Jerger said in a statement.

``It is necessary due to the magnitude of the emergency operation,″ Jerger said.

Hurricane Mitch hit Central America in late October, killing more than 9,000 people across the region. In Nicaragua, 2,400 people died and more than 930 disappeared. Another 870,000 lost their homes or suffered material damage.

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