Food arrives at starving Pacific school

Food arrives at starving Pacific school

Food arrives at starving Pacific school

Updated 3 December 2012, 15:21 AEST

Food has arrived at a remote boarding school in the northern Pacific, three weeks after it ran out of supplies to feed nearly 300 students.

Food has arrived at a remote boarding school in the northern Pacific, three weeks after it ran out of supplies to feed nearly 300 students.

Weipat High School on Onoun, one of the remote outer islands of the Federated States of Micronesia state of Chuuk, provides education and accommodation to around 270 students from all the islands around the region.

Three weeks ago the school was forced to close its doors and send students to live with the community after provisions ran out.

Supplies were promised by the Department of Education, but storms and a lack of transport delayed its arrival.

This morning a boat arrived from the regional capital Chuuk, bringing in 40 bags of rice provided by the Chuuk Education Department.

The Ayuda Foundation, an NGO group based in Guam, has also sent 20 boxes of ready-to-eat meals.

School authorities says they now have enough food to feed them for at least another month.

Students and staff had been forced to rely on the local community for meals, raising concerns that they may also run out.

Map: Onoun Island is part of Chuuk state in the Federated States of Micronesia