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  •   The Horn of Africa is facing an unprecedented drought emergency with catastrophic consequences the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA warned on Tuesday UNOCHA said in its latest update on the drought situation in the Horn of Africa that the situation could worsen further amid deteriorating weather conditions in the affected countries Communities in the Horn of Africa are in the midst of a likely fifth consecutive failed rainy season with the October December 2022 rains starting poorly and forecasts indicate they are likely to underperform and may face a failed sixth season in March by May 2023 UNOCHA said The October December 2020 March May 2021 October December 2021 and March May 2022 seasons were marred by below average rainfall leaving large swaths of Somalia southern and southeastern Ethiopia and northern and eastern Kenya facing the worst conditions prolonged drought in recent history while the rainy season from March to May 2022 was the driest on record in 70 years he said He said the 2020 2022 drought has now surpassed the horrifying 2010 2011 and 2016 2017 droughts in both duration and severity and will continue to deepen in the coming months with catastrophic consequences UNOCHA further warned that the ongoing drought situation is devastating affected communities with spiraling needs Across the Horn of Africa at least 36 4 million people will be affected by the longest and most severe drought in recent history in the final months of 2022 including 24 1 million in Ethiopia 7 8 million in Somalia and 4 5 million in Kenya according to UNOCHA figures Xinhua
    Horn of Africa faces unprecedented drought with catastrophic results: UN report
      The Horn of Africa is facing an unprecedented drought emergency with catastrophic consequences the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA warned on Tuesday UNOCHA said in its latest update on the drought situation in the Horn of Africa that the situation could worsen further amid deteriorating weather conditions in the affected countries Communities in the Horn of Africa are in the midst of a likely fifth consecutive failed rainy season with the October December 2022 rains starting poorly and forecasts indicate they are likely to underperform and may face a failed sixth season in March by May 2023 UNOCHA said The October December 2020 March May 2021 October December 2021 and March May 2022 seasons were marred by below average rainfall leaving large swaths of Somalia southern and southeastern Ethiopia and northern and eastern Kenya facing the worst conditions prolonged drought in recent history while the rainy season from March to May 2022 was the driest on record in 70 years he said He said the 2020 2022 drought has now surpassed the horrifying 2010 2011 and 2016 2017 droughts in both duration and severity and will continue to deepen in the coming months with catastrophic consequences UNOCHA further warned that the ongoing drought situation is devastating affected communities with spiraling needs Across the Horn of Africa at least 36 4 million people will be affected by the longest and most severe drought in recent history in the final months of 2022 including 24 1 million in Ethiopia 7 8 million in Somalia and 4 5 million in Kenya according to UNOCHA figures Xinhua
    Horn of Africa faces unprecedented drought with catastrophic results: UN report
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    Horn of Africa faces unprecedented drought with catastrophic results: UN report

    - The Horn of Africa is facing an unprecedented drought emergency with catastrophic consequences, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned on Tuesday.

    UNOCHA said in its latest update on the drought situation in the Horn of Africa that the situation could worsen further amid deteriorating weather conditions in the affected countries.

    "Communities in the Horn of Africa are in the midst of a likely fifth consecutive failed rainy season, with the October-December 2022 rains starting poorly and forecasts indicate they are likely to underperform, and may face a failed sixth season in March by May 2023,” UNOCHA said.

    The October-December 2020, March-May 2021, October-December 2021, and March-May 2022 seasons were marred by below-average rainfall, leaving large swaths of Somalia, southern and southeastern Ethiopia and northern and eastern Kenya facing the worst conditions. prolonged drought in recent history, while the rainy season from March to May 2022 was the driest on record in 70 years, he said.

    He said the 2020-2022 drought has now surpassed the horrifying 2010-2011 and 2016-2017 droughts in both duration and severity and will continue to deepen in the coming months, with catastrophic consequences.

    UNOCHA further warned that the ongoing drought situation is devastating affected communities, with spiraling needs.

    Across the Horn of Africa, at least 36.4 million people will be affected by the longest and most severe drought in recent history in the final months of 2022, including 24.1 million in Ethiopia, 7.8 million in Somalia and 4.5 million in Kenya, according to UNOCHA figures. ■



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  •   UN humanitarian staff said on Monday that access for aid deliveries in Ethiopia s Tigray region is improving since the cessation of hostilities but is still not up to what is needed The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA said it has seen some gradual but tangible improvements in access since the signing of the November 2 agreement between the Tigray Popular Front for the Liberation and the federal government Since the middle of the month relief deliveries began moving to the northernmost region of Tigray including the regional capital of Mekelle along the Semera and Kombolcha corridors and to other parts of Tigray along the Gondar corridor in the Amhara region the office said Additionally OCHA said UN Humanitarian Air Service flights for staff have resumed for Mekelle and Shire However the more than 450 trucks carrying government UN and non governmental organization aid to Tigray between November 15 and 24 are far from what is needed to receive aid in the area OCHA said Most of the trucks were carrying food aid and medical and agricultural supplies Some fuel and cash were brought More than 5 million people are in need of food assistance and approximately 30 percent of children face acute malnutrition the office said It is critical to sustain and build on these movements to ensure that food and other necessary items can reach all those in need The office said access to most of the neighboring Amhara and Afar areas had also improved in recent weeks We together with our partners are providing food and other assistance including to displaced people and those who have returned OCHA said We need to be able to scale up our work to help everyone in need The fighting in Tigray lasted almost two years Now Ethiopia is in a historic drought In addition the office said that the Bale area of the Oromia region and the Liban area of the Somali region are experiencing a cholera outbreak with nearly 500 people affected including 20 deaths Hundreds of thousands more remain at risk We together with our partners are providing assistance in health water and sanitation OCHA said The conflict in western Oromia also continues to drive people from their homes and has hampered our ability to provide aid Xinhua
    Aid access opens in Tigray, Ethiopia, but not wide enough: UN
      UN humanitarian staff said on Monday that access for aid deliveries in Ethiopia s Tigray region is improving since the cessation of hostilities but is still not up to what is needed The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA said it has seen some gradual but tangible improvements in access since the signing of the November 2 agreement between the Tigray Popular Front for the Liberation and the federal government Since the middle of the month relief deliveries began moving to the northernmost region of Tigray including the regional capital of Mekelle along the Semera and Kombolcha corridors and to other parts of Tigray along the Gondar corridor in the Amhara region the office said Additionally OCHA said UN Humanitarian Air Service flights for staff have resumed for Mekelle and Shire However the more than 450 trucks carrying government UN and non governmental organization aid to Tigray between November 15 and 24 are far from what is needed to receive aid in the area OCHA said Most of the trucks were carrying food aid and medical and agricultural supplies Some fuel and cash were brought More than 5 million people are in need of food assistance and approximately 30 percent of children face acute malnutrition the office said It is critical to sustain and build on these movements to ensure that food and other necessary items can reach all those in need The office said access to most of the neighboring Amhara and Afar areas had also improved in recent weeks We together with our partners are providing food and other assistance including to displaced people and those who have returned OCHA said We need to be able to scale up our work to help everyone in need The fighting in Tigray lasted almost two years Now Ethiopia is in a historic drought In addition the office said that the Bale area of the Oromia region and the Liban area of the Somali region are experiencing a cholera outbreak with nearly 500 people affected including 20 deaths Hundreds of thousands more remain at risk We together with our partners are providing assistance in health water and sanitation OCHA said The conflict in western Oromia also continues to drive people from their homes and has hampered our ability to provide aid Xinhua
    Aid access opens in Tigray, Ethiopia, but not wide enough: UN
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    Aid access opens in Tigray, Ethiopia, but not wide enough: UN

    - UN humanitarian staff said on Monday that access for aid deliveries in Ethiopia's Tigray region is improving since the cessation of hostilities, but is still not up to what is needed.

    The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it has seen "some gradual but tangible improvements in access" since the signing of the November 2 agreement between the Tigray Popular Front for the Liberation and the federal government.

    Since the middle of the month, relief deliveries began moving to the northernmost region of Tigray, including the regional capital of Mekelle, along the Semera and Kombolcha corridors and to other parts of Tigray along the Gondar corridor in the Amhara region, the office said.

    Additionally, OCHA said UN Humanitarian Air Service flights for staff have resumed for Mekelle and Shire.

    However, the more than 450 trucks carrying government, UN and non-governmental organization aid to Tigray between November 15 and 24 are far from what is needed to receive aid in the area, OCHA said. Most of the trucks were carrying food aid and medical and agricultural supplies. Some fuel and cash were brought.

    "More than 5 million people are in need of food assistance and approximately 30 percent of children face acute malnutrition," the office said. "It is critical to sustain and build on these movements to ensure that food and other necessary items can reach all those in need."

    The office said access to most of the neighboring Amhara and Afar areas had also improved in recent weeks.

    "We, together with our partners, are providing food and other assistance, including to displaced people and those who have returned," OCHA said. "We need to be able to scale up our work to help everyone in need."

    The fighting in Tigray lasted almost two years. Now Ethiopia is in a historic drought.

    In addition, the office said that the Bale area of ​​the Oromia region and the Liban area of ​​the Somali region are experiencing a cholera outbreak with nearly 500 people affected, including 20 deaths. Hundreds of thousands more remain at risk.

    "We, together with our partners, are providing assistance in health, water and sanitation," OCHA said. "The conflict in western Oromia also continues to drive people from their homes and has hampered our ability to provide aid." ■



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  •   An estimated 9 4 million people an increase of 500 000 will need assistance and protection in South Sudan next year UN aid workers said on Friday The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA said endemic violence conflict access restrictions operational interference public health challenges and climate shocks such as floods and localized droughts worsen deteriorating humanitarian conditions OCHA reported that it called on the government to lead increased investment in peace and development to reduce humanitarian needs According to UN data the country of some 11 5 million people has been in crisis since it gained independence from Sudan in 2011 The two countries have been locked in a sometimes violent dispute over the Abiye area for of their mutual line of demarcation Xinhua
    9.4 million people in South Sudan expected to need aid next year: UN
      An estimated 9 4 million people an increase of 500 000 will need assistance and protection in South Sudan next year UN aid workers said on Friday The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA said endemic violence conflict access restrictions operational interference public health challenges and climate shocks such as floods and localized droughts worsen deteriorating humanitarian conditions OCHA reported that it called on the government to lead increased investment in peace and development to reduce humanitarian needs According to UN data the country of some 11 5 million people has been in crisis since it gained independence from Sudan in 2011 The two countries have been locked in a sometimes violent dispute over the Abiye area for of their mutual line of demarcation Xinhua
    9.4 million people in South Sudan expected to need aid next year: UN
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    9.4 million people in South Sudan expected to need aid next year: UN

    - An estimated 9.4 million people, an increase of 500,000, will need assistance and protection in South Sudan next year, UN aid workers said on Friday.

    The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said endemic violence, conflict, access restrictions, operational interference, public health challenges and climate shocks such as floods and localized droughts worsen deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

    OCHA reported that it called on the government to lead increased investment in peace and development to reduce humanitarian needs.

    According to UN data, the country of some 11.5 million people has been in crisis since it gained independence from Sudan in 2011. The two countries have been locked in a sometimes violent dispute over the Abiye area for of their mutual line of demarcation. ■



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  •   The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC is working with other stakeholders in support of diplomatic and political means to address deadly violence in the east of the country a UN spokesman said on Tuesday Farhan Haq deputy spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the mission known as MONUSCO continues to work closely with all relevant stakeholders in support of diplomatic and political means to address the situation in the eastern region of the country Haq was referring to an expected peace talks in Nairobi between the DRC government and Congolese armed groups attacking villagers in North Kivu and Ituri provinces The East African Community recently sent armed forces from Kenya to protect civilians in eastern DRC The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA said on Tuesday in its Situation Report on the Democratic Republic of the Congo that the resumption of fighting between government troops and clashes between the M23 militia in the territories of Rutshuru and Nyiragongo in North Kivu province displaced more than 300 000 people between 1 October November 20 and 21 The office said the conflict and the people it displaces exacerbate food insecurity across the country with an estimated 26 million people expected to face acute food insecurity through December Xinhua
    The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo works with stakeholders to help the peace dialogue
      The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC is working with other stakeholders in support of diplomatic and political means to address deadly violence in the east of the country a UN spokesman said on Tuesday Farhan Haq deputy spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the mission known as MONUSCO continues to work closely with all relevant stakeholders in support of diplomatic and political means to address the situation in the eastern region of the country Haq was referring to an expected peace talks in Nairobi between the DRC government and Congolese armed groups attacking villagers in North Kivu and Ituri provinces The East African Community recently sent armed forces from Kenya to protect civilians in eastern DRC The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA said on Tuesday in its Situation Report on the Democratic Republic of the Congo that the resumption of fighting between government troops and clashes between the M23 militia in the territories of Rutshuru and Nyiragongo in North Kivu province displaced more than 300 000 people between 1 October November 20 and 21 The office said the conflict and the people it displaces exacerbate food insecurity across the country with an estimated 26 million people expected to face acute food insecurity through December Xinhua
    The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo works with stakeholders to help the peace dialogue
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo works with stakeholders to help the peace dialogue

    - The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is working with other stakeholders in support of diplomatic and political means to address deadly violence in the east of the country, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday.

    Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said the mission, known as MONUSCO, "continues to work closely with all relevant stakeholders in support of diplomatic and political means to address the situation in the eastern region of the country. "

    Haq was referring to an expected peace talks in Nairobi between the DRC government and Congolese armed groups attacking villagers in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

    The East African Community recently sent armed forces from Kenya to protect civilians in eastern DRC.

    The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday in its Situation Report on the Democratic Republic of the Congo that the resumption of fighting between government troops and clashes between the M23 militia in the territories of Rutshuru and Nyiragongo, in North Kivu province, displaced more than 300,000 people between 1 October. November 20 and 21.

    The office said the conflict and the people it displaces exacerbate food insecurity across the country, with an estimated 26 million people expected to face acute food insecurity through December. ■



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  •   H E Rtd President Uhuru Kenyatta the EAC Facilitator of the Nairobi Process on Peace and Stability in Eastern DRC and AU Kenya Peace Envoy made an official visit to Goma on 15 November 2022 as part of his outreach sessions with stakeholders Upon arrival former President Kenyatta was on his way to visit a camp of internally displaced people near Goma when he was confronted with tens of thousands of internally displaced persons on the roadsides The EAC Facilitator noted the misery the cycle of conflict by armed groups had inflicted on innocent men women children and the old Thereafter the former President held a Roundtable with representatives of the FARDC MONUSCO and the East African Community Regional Force and observed the adverse effect of the violence of M23 rebels and other armed groups amounted to grave human rights violations and has led to the displacements of millions in Eastern DRC He emphasized that the situation requires urgent intervention by the international community AUPSC and UNSC The EAC Facilitator called on the international community humanitarian organizations such as Unicef WFP IOM UN OCHA to urgently and impactfully respond to assuage the terrible distress and human suffering In separate conversations the former President expressed concern that his work has been severely hampered by the unfolding dreadful humanitarian crisis in and around Goma and it is virtually impossible for him to fully realize the potential of his role when the fighting and the wholesale displacement of towns and villages is ongoing He further observed that the terms of the Nairobi Conclaves which had been agreed upon by all EAC Heads of State outlined that the fighting forces would remain in the positions that they were at the time of the Nairobi Conclaves have not been honoured by the rebel groups and their backers It is important to note observed the Facilitator that the humanitarian crisis that is now unfolding as a result of non adherence to recommendations agreed upon in Nairobi during the Heads of State Conclaves The EAC Facilitator stressed that this is likely to undermine the military track that was predicated on everyone retaining their positions to allow for the East African Regional Force to interposition itself It is critical that this situation is resolved to allow for the Facilitator to fully engage the EACRF to take their rightful positions and allow for the humanitarian situation to be resolved with utmost urgency
    Statement on Peace efforts in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
      H E Rtd President Uhuru Kenyatta the EAC Facilitator of the Nairobi Process on Peace and Stability in Eastern DRC and AU Kenya Peace Envoy made an official visit to Goma on 15 November 2022 as part of his outreach sessions with stakeholders Upon arrival former President Kenyatta was on his way to visit a camp of internally displaced people near Goma when he was confronted with tens of thousands of internally displaced persons on the roadsides The EAC Facilitator noted the misery the cycle of conflict by armed groups had inflicted on innocent men women children and the old Thereafter the former President held a Roundtable with representatives of the FARDC MONUSCO and the East African Community Regional Force and observed the adverse effect of the violence of M23 rebels and other armed groups amounted to grave human rights violations and has led to the displacements of millions in Eastern DRC He emphasized that the situation requires urgent intervention by the international community AUPSC and UNSC The EAC Facilitator called on the international community humanitarian organizations such as Unicef WFP IOM UN OCHA to urgently and impactfully respond to assuage the terrible distress and human suffering In separate conversations the former President expressed concern that his work has been severely hampered by the unfolding dreadful humanitarian crisis in and around Goma and it is virtually impossible for him to fully realize the potential of his role when the fighting and the wholesale displacement of towns and villages is ongoing He further observed that the terms of the Nairobi Conclaves which had been agreed upon by all EAC Heads of State outlined that the fighting forces would remain in the positions that they were at the time of the Nairobi Conclaves have not been honoured by the rebel groups and their backers It is important to note observed the Facilitator that the humanitarian crisis that is now unfolding as a result of non adherence to recommendations agreed upon in Nairobi during the Heads of State Conclaves The EAC Facilitator stressed that this is likely to undermine the military track that was predicated on everyone retaining their positions to allow for the East African Regional Force to interposition itself It is critical that this situation is resolved to allow for the Facilitator to fully engage the EACRF to take their rightful positions and allow for the humanitarian situation to be resolved with utmost urgency
    Statement on Peace efforts in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
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    Statement on Peace efforts in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

    H.E. (Rtd) President Uhuru Kenyatta, the EAC-Facilitator of the Nairobi Process on Peace and Stability in Eastern DRC and AU-Kenya Peace Envoy made an official visit to Goma on 15 November 2022 as part of his outreach sessions with stakeholders. 

    Upon arrival, former President Kenyatta was on his way to visit a camp of internally-displaced people near Goma when he was confronted with tens of thousands of internally displaced persons on the roadsides.

    The EAC Facilitator noted the misery, the cycle of conflict by armed groups, had inflicted on innocent men, women, children, and the old.

    Thereafter, the former President held a Roundtable with representatives of the FARDC, MONUSCO, and the East African Community Regional Force and observed the adverse effect of the violence of M23 rebels and other armed groups amounted to grave human rights violations and has led to the displacements of millions in Eastern DRC.

    He emphasized that the situation requires urgent intervention by the international community, AUPSC and UNSC.

    The EAC- Facilitator called on the international community, humanitarian organizations such as Unicef, WFP, IOM, UN OCHA, to urgently and impactfully respond to assuage the terrible distress and human suffering.

    In separate conversations, the former President expressed concern that his work has been severely hampered by the unfolding dreadful humanitarian crisis in and around Goma, and it is virtually impossible for him to fully realize the potential of his role when the fighting and the wholesale displacement of towns and villages is ongoing.

    He further observed that the terms of the Nairobi Conclaves, which had been agreed upon by all EAC Heads of State outlined that the fighting forces would remain in the positions that they were at the time of the Nairobi Conclaves, have not been honoured by the rebel groups and their backers.

    It is important to note, observed the Facilitator, that the humanitarian crisis that is now unfolding as a result of non-adherence to recommendations agreed upon in Nairobi during the Heads of State Conclaves. 

    The EAC Facilitator stressed that this is likely to undermine the military track that was predicated on everyone retaining their positions to allow for the East African Regional Force to interposition itself.

    It is critical that this situation is resolved to allow for the Facilitator to fully engage the EACRF to take their rightful positions and allow for the humanitarian situation to be resolved with utmost urgency.

  •  No fewer than 5 7 million Sri Lankans or 26 per cent of the country s population needs humanitarian aid The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA said on Friday warning that an ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka was likely to deepen the situation The OCHA said in a statement that without immediate humanitarian assistance and upstream interventions to address the fragility of systems services and facilities this number will multiply and the consequences will deepen in the South Asian country Food security and livelihoods have suffered directly because of the economic crisis while access and availability of basic services such as education and healthcare including hospital maternity care and sexual and reproductive health services had been disrupted it said A serious decline in domestic agricultural output brought on by an unsuccessful agricultural transition to organic farming has deepened the crisis the UN agency added At the community and family level the OCHA said the macroeconomic collapse in Sri Lanka had translated into a complex humanitarian emergency as millions of people were increasingly suffering with severe shortages of food fuel cooking gas medicine and other essentials Ninety six per cent of households in the survey had been affected by the current crisis and the three main priority needs at the household level concerned food health and livelihoods Sri Lanka has been facing one of its worst economic crises as the country suffers a shortage in foreign currency which led to a shortage of essential supplies and even food items NewsSourceCredit NAN
    5.7m people in Sri Lanka requires humanitarian aid -UN
     No fewer than 5 7 million Sri Lankans or 26 per cent of the country s population needs humanitarian aid The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA said on Friday warning that an ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka was likely to deepen the situation The OCHA said in a statement that without immediate humanitarian assistance and upstream interventions to address the fragility of systems services and facilities this number will multiply and the consequences will deepen in the South Asian country Food security and livelihoods have suffered directly because of the economic crisis while access and availability of basic services such as education and healthcare including hospital maternity care and sexual and reproductive health services had been disrupted it said A serious decline in domestic agricultural output brought on by an unsuccessful agricultural transition to organic farming has deepened the crisis the UN agency added At the community and family level the OCHA said the macroeconomic collapse in Sri Lanka had translated into a complex humanitarian emergency as millions of people were increasingly suffering with severe shortages of food fuel cooking gas medicine and other essentials Ninety six per cent of households in the survey had been affected by the current crisis and the three main priority needs at the household level concerned food health and livelihoods Sri Lanka has been facing one of its worst economic crises as the country suffers a shortage in foreign currency which led to a shortage of essential supplies and even food items NewsSourceCredit NAN
    5.7m people in Sri Lanka requires humanitarian aid -UN
    Foreign1 month ago

    5.7m people in Sri Lanka requires humanitarian aid -UN

    No fewer than 5.7 million Sri Lankans, or 26 per cent of the country’s population, needs humanitarian aid.

    The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said on Friday, warning that an ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka was likely to deepen the situation.

    The OCHA said in a statement that without immediate humanitarian assistance and upstream interventions to address the fragility of systems, services and facilities, this number will multiply and the consequences will deepen in the South Asian country.

    “Food security and livelihoods have suffered directly because of the economic crisis, while access and availability of basic services such as education and healthcare, including hospital maternity care, and sexual and reproductive health services had been disrupted,’’ it said.

    “A serious decline in domestic agricultural output brought on by an unsuccessful agricultural transition to organic farming has deepened the crisis,’’ the UN agency added.

    At the community and family level, the OCHA said the macroeconomic collapse in Sri Lanka had translated into a complex humanitarian emergency, as millions of people were increasingly suffering, with severe shortages of food, fuel, cooking gas, medicine, and other essentials.

    Ninety-six per cent of households in the survey had been affected by the current crisis and the three main priority needs at the household level concerned food, health and livelihoods.

    Sri Lanka has been facing one of its worst economic crises as the country suffers a shortage in foreign currency, which led to a shortage of essential supplies and even food items.


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  •  The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA has warned that more districts are at risk amid the ongoing cholera outbreak in the southeastern part of Ethiopia The cholera outbreak is currently active in 23 localities of three districts of the Bale zone in the Oromia region as well as in nine localities in one district of the Liban zone in the Somali region the UNOCHA said It said in its latest situation update that the figures indicated that as of October 25 some 273 cholera cases have been reported including nine deaths It added that suspected cases in East Bale are under investigation The caseload has increased by 30 per cent since October 10 with new daily cases reported in Berbere and Kersadula districts according to UNOCHA The UNOCHA which warned that additional districts are at risk of an outbreak said that the ongoing response is hindered by insufficient funding and partners presence It noted that shortage of water sanitation and hygiene treatment chemicals limited amount of water storage items insufficient water trucking capacity as well as a large number of non functional water schemes represent the major gaps Last month the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC indicated that the latest cholera outbreak is drought related as Ethiopia is currently experiencing one of the most severe droughts in recent history The IFRC said the drought related cholera outbreak is due to a number of compounding factors like the limited accessibility and availability of safe drinking and cooking water in rural areas where they are exposed to untreated water sources NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cholera: UN warns more districts at risk of outbreak in Ethiopia
     The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA has warned that more districts are at risk amid the ongoing cholera outbreak in the southeastern part of Ethiopia The cholera outbreak is currently active in 23 localities of three districts of the Bale zone in the Oromia region as well as in nine localities in one district of the Liban zone in the Somali region the UNOCHA said It said in its latest situation update that the figures indicated that as of October 25 some 273 cholera cases have been reported including nine deaths It added that suspected cases in East Bale are under investigation The caseload has increased by 30 per cent since October 10 with new daily cases reported in Berbere and Kersadula districts according to UNOCHA The UNOCHA which warned that additional districts are at risk of an outbreak said that the ongoing response is hindered by insufficient funding and partners presence It noted that shortage of water sanitation and hygiene treatment chemicals limited amount of water storage items insufficient water trucking capacity as well as a large number of non functional water schemes represent the major gaps Last month the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC indicated that the latest cholera outbreak is drought related as Ethiopia is currently experiencing one of the most severe droughts in recent history The IFRC said the drought related cholera outbreak is due to a number of compounding factors like the limited accessibility and availability of safe drinking and cooking water in rural areas where they are exposed to untreated water sources NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cholera: UN warns more districts at risk of outbreak in Ethiopia
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    Cholera: UN warns more districts at risk of outbreak in Ethiopia

    The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned that more districts are at risk amid the ongoing cholera outbreak in the southeastern part of Ethiopia.

    The cholera outbreak is currently active in 23 localities of three districts of the Bale zone in the Oromia region, as well as in nine localities in one district of the Liban zone in the Somali region, the UNOCHA said.

    It said in its latest situation update that the figures indicated that as of October 25, some 273 cholera cases have been reported including nine deaths.

    It added that suspected cases in East Bale are under investigation.

    The caseload has increased by 30 per cent since October 10 with new daily cases reported in Berbere and Kersadula districts, according to UNOCHA.

    The UNOCHA, which warned that additional districts are at risk of an outbreak, said that the ongoing response is hindered by insufficient funding and partners’ presence.

    It noted that shortage of water, sanitation and hygiene treatment chemicals, limited amount of water storage items, insufficient water trucking capacity as well as a large number of non-functional water schemes represent the major gaps.

    Last month, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) indicated that the latest cholera outbreak is drought-related as Ethiopia is currently experiencing one of the most severe droughts in recent history.

    The IFRC said the drought-related cholera outbreak is due to a number of compounding factors, like the limited accessibility and availability of safe drinking and cooking water in rural areas where  they are exposed to untreated water sources.


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  •  Deadly inter communal violence in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC raises the concerns of UN humanitarians a UN spokesman said Our humanitarian colleagues there tell us that communal violence continues in the Mai Ndombe and Kwilu provinces in the west of the country said Stephane Dujarric the chief spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres At least 180 civilians have been killed since July 2022 according to authorities The violence has displaced more than 48 000 people Dujarric said the authorities recent closure of an internally displaced persons site sheltering more than 2 000 people raises the concerns of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarians Affairs OCHA and partners He said humanitarian organisations in Kwilu and Mai Ndombe provide medical care and help reconnect separated families Congolese authorities have provided food to the displaced Dujarric said humanitarian workers are scaling up their response and need 4 4 million U S dollars to help more than 55 000 people The spokesman said that OCHA opened an office two weeks ago in the town of Bandundu in Kwilu province to coordinate the response The provinces of Kwilu and Mai Ndombe are adjacent to the Kinshasa Capital Region in the DRC s far west NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Deadly inter-communal violence in western DRC worries UN – Spkesperson
     Deadly inter communal violence in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC raises the concerns of UN humanitarians a UN spokesman said Our humanitarian colleagues there tell us that communal violence continues in the Mai Ndombe and Kwilu provinces in the west of the country said Stephane Dujarric the chief spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres At least 180 civilians have been killed since July 2022 according to authorities The violence has displaced more than 48 000 people Dujarric said the authorities recent closure of an internally displaced persons site sheltering more than 2 000 people raises the concerns of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarians Affairs OCHA and partners He said humanitarian organisations in Kwilu and Mai Ndombe provide medical care and help reconnect separated families Congolese authorities have provided food to the displaced Dujarric said humanitarian workers are scaling up their response and need 4 4 million U S dollars to help more than 55 000 people The spokesman said that OCHA opened an office two weeks ago in the town of Bandundu in Kwilu province to coordinate the response The provinces of Kwilu and Mai Ndombe are adjacent to the Kinshasa Capital Region in the DRC s far west NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Deadly inter-communal violence in western DRC worries UN – Spkesperson
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    Deadly inter-communal violence in western DRC worries UN – Spkesperson

    Deadly inter-communal violence in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) raises the concerns of UN humanitarians, a UN spokesman said.

    “Our humanitarian colleagues there tell us that communal violence continues in the Mai-Ndombe and Kwilu provinces in the west of the country,” said Stephane Dujarric, the chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

    “At least 180 civilians have been killed since July 2022, according to authorities.

    “The violence has displaced more than 48,000 people.

    ”Dujarric said the authorities’ recent closure of an internally displaced persons site sheltering more than 2,000 people raises the concerns of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarians Affairs (OCHA) and partners.

    He said humanitarian organisations in Kwilu and Mai-Ndombe provide medical care and help reconnect separated families.

    Congolese authorities have provided food to the displaced.

    Dujarric said humanitarian workers are scaling up their response and need 4.4 million U.

    S. dollars to help more than 55,000 people.

    The spokesman said that OCHA opened an office two weeks ago in the town of Bandundu in Kwilu province to coordinate the response.

    The provinces of Kwilu and Mai-Ndombe are adjacent to the Kinshasa Capital Region in the DRC’s far west. 


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  •  Some 23 000 people have fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC since renewed fighting between government troops and rebel militia in the north east of the country The United Nation Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA on Monday said 2 500 people arrived in Uganda from the DRC since the latest outbreak of violence on Thursday The violence between M23 rebel forces and the Congolese army in Rutshuru near the border with Uganda and Rwanda Since March the clashes have displaced 186 000 people bringing the total number of displaced people in Rutshuru territory to over 396 000 the office said The M23 movement which had been defeated in 2013 by the Congolese army consists of former soldiers of the Congolese army who split off in 2012 and formed a rebel group However since the end of March the rebel group has resumed attacking civilians and military installations in eastern DRC as well as fighting with the Congolese army The Rutshuru region in North Kivu province is rich in mineral resources According to the United States around 130 armed rebel groups vying for control of DRC s vast natural wealth which includes copper cobalt gold and diamonds NewsSourceCredit NAN
    23,000 people fled DRC amid violence in north east – UN
     Some 23 000 people have fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC since renewed fighting between government troops and rebel militia in the north east of the country The United Nation Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA on Monday said 2 500 people arrived in Uganda from the DRC since the latest outbreak of violence on Thursday The violence between M23 rebel forces and the Congolese army in Rutshuru near the border with Uganda and Rwanda Since March the clashes have displaced 186 000 people bringing the total number of displaced people in Rutshuru territory to over 396 000 the office said The M23 movement which had been defeated in 2013 by the Congolese army consists of former soldiers of the Congolese army who split off in 2012 and formed a rebel group However since the end of March the rebel group has resumed attacking civilians and military installations in eastern DRC as well as fighting with the Congolese army The Rutshuru region in North Kivu province is rich in mineral resources According to the United States around 130 armed rebel groups vying for control of DRC s vast natural wealth which includes copper cobalt gold and diamonds NewsSourceCredit NAN
    23,000 people fled DRC amid violence in north east – UN
    Foreign1 month ago

    23,000 people fled DRC amid violence in north east – UN

    Some 23,000 people have fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since renewed fighting between government troops and rebel militia in the north east of the country.

    The United Nation Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday said 2,500 people arrived in Uganda from the DRC since the latest outbreak of violence on Thursday.

    The violence between M23 rebel forces and the Congolese army in Rutshuru near the border with Uganda and Rwanda.

    “Since March, the clashes have displaced 186,000 people, bringing the total number of displaced people in Rutshuru territory to over 396,000,” the office said.

    The M23 movement, which had been defeated in 2013 by the Congolese army, consists of former soldiers of the Congolese army who split off in 2012 and formed a rebel group.

    However, since the end of March, the rebel group has resumed attacking civilians and military installations in eastern DRC, as well as fighting with the Congolese army.

    The Rutshuru region in North Kivu province is rich in mineral resources.

    According to the United States, around 130 armed rebel groups vying for control of DRC’s vast natural wealth, which includes copper, cobalt, gold and diamonds.


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  •  Some 23 000 people have fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC since renewed fighting between government troops and rebel militia in the north east of the country the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA said on Sunday Around 2 500 people arrived in Uganda from the DRC since the latest outbreak of violence on Thursday between M23 rebel forces and the Congolese army in Rutshuru near the border with Uganda and Rwanda tweeted UNOCHA in DR Congo Since March the clashes have displaced at least 186 000 people bringing the total number of displaced people in Rutshuru territory to over 396 000 the office tweeted The M23 movement which had been defeated in 2013 by the Congolese army consists of former soldiers of the Congolese army who split off in 2012 and formed a rebel group Since the end of March however the rebel group has resumed attacking civilians and military installations in eastern DRC as well as fighting with the Congolese army The Rutshuru region in North Kivu province is rich in mineral resources According to the United States around 130 armed rebel groups vying for control of DRC s vast natural wealth which includes copper cobalt gold and diamonds YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Some 23,000 people have fled DRC amid violence in north east – UN
     Some 23 000 people have fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC since renewed fighting between government troops and rebel militia in the north east of the country the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA said on Sunday Around 2 500 people arrived in Uganda from the DRC since the latest outbreak of violence on Thursday between M23 rebel forces and the Congolese army in Rutshuru near the border with Uganda and Rwanda tweeted UNOCHA in DR Congo Since March the clashes have displaced at least 186 000 people bringing the total number of displaced people in Rutshuru territory to over 396 000 the office tweeted The M23 movement which had been defeated in 2013 by the Congolese army consists of former soldiers of the Congolese army who split off in 2012 and formed a rebel group Since the end of March however the rebel group has resumed attacking civilians and military installations in eastern DRC as well as fighting with the Congolese army The Rutshuru region in North Kivu province is rich in mineral resources According to the United States around 130 armed rebel groups vying for control of DRC s vast natural wealth which includes copper cobalt gold and diamonds YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Some 23,000 people have fled DRC amid violence in north east – UN
    Foreign1 month ago

    Some 23,000 people have fled DRC amid violence in north east – UN

    Some 23,000 people have fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since renewed fighting between government troops and rebel militia in the north east of the country, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Sunday.

    Around 2,500 people arrived in Uganda from the DRC since the latest outbreak of violence on Thursday between M23 rebel forces and the Congolese army in Rutshuru near the border with Uganda and Rwanda, tweeted UNOCHA in DR Congo.

    “Since March, the clashes have displaced at least 186,000 people, bringing the total number of displaced people in Rutshuru territory to over 396,000,” the office tweeted.

    The M23 movement, which had been defeated in 2013 by the Congolese army, consists of former soldiers of the Congolese army who split off in 2012 and formed a rebel group.

    Since the end of March, however, the rebel group has resumed attacking civilians and military installations in eastern DRC, as well as fighting with the Congolese army.

    The Rutshuru region in North Kivu province is rich in mineral resources.

    According to the United States, around 130 armed rebel groups vying for control of DRC’s vast natural wealth, which includes copper, cobalt, gold, and diamonds.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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