I would like to thank the Security Council for providing me with this opportunity and specially, I thank the President for his initiative in convening this meeting devoted to the humanitarian situation in Angola.
The Government is watching with horror the unfolding tragedy of the earthquake in Turkey. The loss of life and devastation is immense.
On Friday I instructed the Australian Ambassador in Ankara to approach Turkish authorities and asked what further practical assistance Australia could provide in addition to A$1 million support already offered.
Trade and Industry Minister Ran Cohen, following a request made by the Turkish Ambassador for aid for the victims of the earthquake in Turkey, contacted the major Israeli companies via the Manufacturer's Association and the Chambers of Commerce, and asked them to contribute the necessary materials, including medicines, orthopaedic and medical equipment (x-ray machines, monitors), tents, blankets, food, baby food and equipment for the evacuation of victims.
MSF activity in Turkey has steadily extended
itself since our arrival. We are active in five major population areas,
Izmit, Bursat, Ankara and Golcuk. We have visited Istanbul but are not
active there as they currently have sufficient resources.
In Izmit, MSF has set up a dispensary three kilometeres from the centre of Izmit, the city at the epicentre of the earthquake. The target population for the facility is 10,000 people.
MBARARA, Uganda (PANA) - A fresh exodus of ethnic Hutu refugees who flocked to Tanzania after the Rwandan war in 1990 are crossing over to Uganda, an official of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has confirmed. Over 800 refugees are reported to have crossed to Uganda from Tanzania through Bukanga between June and August this year. This brings to 1,200, the total refugee exodus from Tanzania to Mbarara district alone. They are being settled at Nakivaale refugee camp in Bukanga.
Designed to be sent immediately: available from UNICEF, IDA and MSF
Educational institutions in Rwanda will be strengthened and civil service reform promoted with $6.7 million donated by the Government of the Netherlands to the UNDP Trust Fund for Rwanda. The contribution was recently announced in Kigali.
DHR (Division of Humanitarian Response)
Statement August 20, 1999
In response to the earthquake that struck Turkey on August 17th, killing over 12,000, injuring approximately 30,000, and making countless residents homeless, Save the Children U.S. has deployed staff to manage initial assistence and develop an appropriate response strategy to the special needs of children affected by the current tragedy.
Press Release CHS/99/20
Nairobi, 20 August 1999: The 1.5 million dollar project to support the rehabilitation of the port of Berbera in North West Somalia is a good example of how the UN can work creatively with donor agencies to assist this war torn country. Mr. Klaus Toepfer Acting Executive Director of UNCHS (Habitat) said that he hoped that this project, which is being funded by the European Commission and implemented by Habitat, will be the beginning of fruitful a collaboration.
On August 20 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to dispatch a JDRT earthquake-proofing study expert team comprised of eight persons (one each from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Land Agency, three from the Ministry of Construction, and three from JICA for duty operation), for about a week from August 22 (Sun) to the Republic of Turkey, which has been struck by a major earthquake.
This will be the third dispatch following the rescue team (37 members) and the medical team (16 members) dispatched on August 17 and 18.
On August 20 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to dispatch, for about two weeks from August 25 or 26, a team of experts on lifeline rehabilitation to Turkey, which was struck by an unprecedented earthquake that left heavy casualties.
The team comprises 11 officials of Hyogo Prefecture and Kobe City who were engaged in the rehabilitation of the lifelines after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
Press Release WHO/43
Makhachkala, Russia; 20 August 1999 (RFE/RL) - Russia's Defense Ministry says fighter jets today attacked Islamic rebel units inside the breakaway republic of Chechnya, while continuing to raid villages held by Islamic militants in neighboring Dagestan. An unnamed Defense Ministry spokesman said the raids near the Chechen villages of Kenkhi and Benoi targeted some 400 rebels who planned to enter Dagestan, where insurgents have been battling for two weeks to establish a separate Islamic state.
AUGUST 20 -- The United Nations will begin the voluntary resettlement of Kosovar Albanian families to their homes in Mitrovicia on Friday, a UN spokesman announced.
AUGUST 20 -- The head of the United Nations Kosovo operation, Dr. Bernard Kouchner, visited the Gnjilane and Ferizaje sector Thursday to assess the security situation, meeting with local officials and the commander of the KFOR security force in the area.
The Secretary-General's Special Representative was briefed by the commander of the United States KFOR contingent in Gnjilane, General Peterson, on KFOR efforts to create a safe and secure environment.
Friday, 20 August 1999: A UNICEF flight carrying 27 metric tons of special relief supplies targeting the needs of children will land in Ankara this afternoon, the first stage of an effort to ensure that the youngest of Turkey's earthquake victims get the help they need.
George Foulkes today announced further assistance for those suffering the aftermath of the Turkish Earthquake.
"This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and our prayers are with the Turkish people" said George Foulkes. "The full scale of the situation is still unfolding and we are making every effort to assist."
"Thousands of people have died, and many more are trapped under the rubble. Our search and rescue teams have worked without rest and have been successful and rescued a number of people.
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Ottawa -- Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will provide additional aid to the victims of the earthquake in Turkey, announced today the Honourable Maria Minna, Minister for International Cooperation.
"The damage caused by the earthquake is devastating and has left hundreds of thousands homeless and tens of thousands injured," said Minister Minna.