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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot, 15 - 22 October 2012

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This week, armed violence continued to escalate in Syria with heavy fighting occurring in Homs, Daraa, Deir Ezzor, Idlib, Latakia, Aleppo and Damascus. The Government has been accused of using cluster munitions in populated areas. There is an increasing risk of regional spill over, the most recent event being the assassination of a senior intelligence official leading to unrest in Lebanon. Recent reports indicate that more than 900,000 people have been affected by conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile state in Sudan. There is no humanitarian access to more than 320,000 affected people in the two provinces. Nigeria has recently witnessed large scale flooding, affecting 1.3 million people, and an increase of violence by extremists in the north and central regions. A drought in the north of Sri Lanka has affected 1.3 million people.

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