PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Some 10,000 families are at risk in the Haitian region of Mapou, a World Food Program official said, criticizing the multinational force’s decision to stop its food relief flights.

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“I thought the force was going to continue” its helicopter flights, but he said the Americans in charge had told him “it’s not their mandate,” WFP representative Guy Gauvreau told AFP.

Some 100 tonnes of food and medicine are needed in the region around Mapou, which could remain cut off by flood waters and mudslides for a long time, Gauvreau said.

The soldiers in the multinational force “think that there’s no more emergency. For us, there is an emergency and that’s where we differ,” said Gauvreau, a Canadian national.