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22 Apr 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By ANGELA OKETCH

Lack of toilets and poor hygiene in most restaurants in Turkana County have been blamed for increasing cases of cholera that have so far claimed three lives with 78 others hospitalised.

Dr Gilchrist Lokoel, Lodwar Referral Hospital chief executive officer, said the three died while receiving treatment.

READ: Four die of cholera, 10 cases confirmed in Turkana

Poor sanitation along Lake Turkana has also contributed immensely to the outbreak.

22 Apr 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By WAIKWA MAINA

Seven people have died in Karati area in Kinangop after a Probox car they were travelling in was swept away by raging floods.

The Sunday 4am accident occurred on the Engineer-Naivasha road.

Confirming the incident, Kinangop Deputy County Commissioner Joseph Nyameti said the seven were part of nine people who were travelling from Naivasha town to Kinangop.

22 Apr 2018 description
report The Guardian

Taps in capital city of Maputo being turned off every other day as climate change exacerbates southern African drought.

In the township of Chamanculo, in Maputo, Mozambique, a network of household taps made the community water pump obsolete years ago, freeing residents from the daily burden of lugging massive jerrycans of water long distances.

Read more on The Guardian

22 Apr 2018 description

Keynotes and Events of Public Health Significance

  • A total of 312 suspected cases of immediately reportable diseases and events including 37 deaths were reported

  • Completeness and timeliness of health facility reports were 99% and 99% respectively

  • One confirmed shigella dysenteriae from Lofa County

22 Apr 2018 description
report Voice of America

ISLAMABAD — A suicide bomber struck a distribution center for Afghan voter identification cards Sunday morning in Kabul, killing at least 31 people and wounding more than 54 others.

Interior ministry spokesman Najeeb Danish told VOA that people were waiting in line outside the center to get their Tazkira, or identification card, to be able to vote in the election when the bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body.

Hospital sources have described condition of a least 10 wounded people as “highly critical.”

22 Apr 2018 description

One of the main drivers of humanitarian needs in Afghanistan in 2018 was displacement due to conflict with more than half a million people forced from their homes due to fighting. Many of these people remain in displacement across the country, as conflict prevents them from returning to their areas of origin.

Almost 11,600 Afghan citizens returned from Pakistan to Afghanistan in 2018. While the number of returnees is less than the same period last year, a larger influx from Pakistan is expected in the second half of the year.

22 Apr 2018 description
report Mixed Migration Hub

Covering mixed migration to, through & from NORTH AFRICA MIXED MIGRATION HUB

About: MHub is the regional knowledge hub and secretariat for the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, comprising of DRC, IOM, OHCHR, RMMS, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNICEF and UNODC. It promotes a human rights-based approach to ensure the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows to, through and from North Africa.

22 Apr 2018 description

The UK alongside other major shareholders in the World Bank, have driven major changes within the organisation, ensuring it remains fit for the 21st Century.

As a result of UK lobbying, the World Bank Group has committed to focus significantly more of its resources on poorer countries, increasing from 63% to 70% by 2030, while ensuring richer countries will pay more to borrow.

22 Apr 2018 description

Executive summary

Key Trend

There was little change in the overall conflict during February and March.Fighting characterised by airstrikes and shelling continued on the major frontlines in Hajja,Al-Jawf,Nihm,Marib,Taiz,Al-Bayda and Lahj, including regular reports of civilian casualties, both on and away from frontline areas. Meanwhile, missiles continued to be launched across the border into Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh,which prompted retaliatory airstrikes on locations in Yemen,including civilian areas.

22 Apr 2018 description

SUROBI – Members of the women’s Shura in the Surobi district of Kabul are committed to work alongside local authorities and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to support women’s participation in forthcoming elections.

Speaking at a UN-backed forum aimed at strengthening partnerships between communities and local authorities on local development and peacebuilding efforts, the group stressed their determination to assist women in registering to vote and participating in the upcoming parliamentary and district October poll.

22 Apr 2018 description

The swift response of Danish Demining Group’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team enabled access to food-drop zone for over 23,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and local residents in South Sudan.

22 Apr 2018 description
report Xinhua

Source: Xinhua| 2018-04-20 20:23:32|Editor: ZX

LANZHOU, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Heavy downpours in northwest China's Gansu Province have killed one person, authorities said.

More than 20,000 people have been affected by the bad weather, according to the provincial department of civil affairs.

Strong rain mixed with hail damaged more than 800 hectares of crops. As of 4 p.m. Friday, nine counties had suffered from the natural disaster.

More than 300 houses were damaged, the department said.

22 Apr 2018 description

Authorities in Nicaragua must immediately stop repressing demonstrators and protect their right to protest, said Amnesty International after at least 10 people were killed and several others were injured or remain unaccounted for following a terrifying clampdown on dissent on Friday.

22 Apr 2018 description

A Press Conference on the visit of Myanmar Delegation led by Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement of Myanmar, to Cox’s Bazar and Dhaka, Bangladesh on 11-13 April was held at National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC), Yangon, Myanmar, at 1000 hours on 19th April 2018.

The Press Conference was attended by Heads of Missions, diplomats and representatives of UN agencies residing in Yangon as well as representatives of local and international media.

22 Apr 2018 description
  • The Ministry of Planning coordinates the progress review of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2017-2021 with the participation of national authorities, experts from different ministries and civil-society representatives

  • The exercise takes place in the context of the transition towards a non-peacekeeping presence of the United Nations in Haiti

21 Apr 2018 description

Venezuelans, fleeing economic and political crisis, have also sought refuge in Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Panama, Argentina and Peru

By Karla Mendes

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Brazilian authorities and aid groups are rushing to help tens of thousands of Venezuelan refugees before the start of the rainy season in northern Roraima state this month, even as government leaders clash over a request to close the border.

21 Apr 2018 description

Aden, Apr.21 (BNA): King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Aid Center (KSRelief) distributed 2,000 bags of wheat to displaced people from the western coast of Hodeida Governorate to Aden.

“The drive is part of the humanitarian operations plan”, said Yemeni Minister of Local Administration, who is also the Chairman of the Higher Relief Committee Abdulraqeeb Fat'h.

He stressed the crucial role of the King Salman Relief Center for for relief works, not only for Yemen but also in all countries.