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19 Aug 1999 description

By Anthony Goodman

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Somalia has degenerated into a ''black hole'' of anarchy in which no national government exists and pervasive lawlessness attracts criminals and bandits, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday.

Somalia, a focus of world attention earlier in the decade when it was in the throes of famine, exists as an entity still lacking all the attributes of statehood, according to the 25-page U.N.

19 Aug 1999 description
report IRIN

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19 Aug 1999 description


19 Aug 1999 description

By Daren Butler

GOLCUK, Turkey, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Israeli army rescue teams battled on Thursday to dig Turkish soldiers from the collapsed barracks of a naval base as the death toll in Turkey's worst earthquake in 60 years soared to 6,300.

Across the water from the Golcuk base, columns of smoke still billowed from Turkey's biggest oil refinery.

Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, who had described the fire as the worst danger after Tuesday's devastating earthquake, said it was under control.

19 Aug 1999 description

Reported by Sami Kohen in Istanbul and staff writers Peter N.

19 Aug 1999 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING (Aug. 19) XINHUA - The Red Cross Society of China today announced that it will donate 500,000 yuan (about 60,000 U.S. dollars) worth of relief materials for earthquake-stricken parts of Turkey.

The materials, mainly tents, food, and medicines, will be delivered to the affected areas as soon as possible, a Red Cross official says.

The death toll from the earthquake that hit northwestern parts of Turkey Tuesday morning had reached 4,053 by 5:00 a.m. local time Thursday and the number of injured had reached 18,352, according to a report from the Turkish capital Ankara.

19 Aug 1999 description

By Christo Johnson

FREETOWN, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Authorities relaxed the night curfew in Sierra Leone from Thursday as a ceasefire in the country's nine-year civil war held steady for the fourth month.

But a comprehensive U.N.-led disarmament of warring parties due to have started this week failed to take off, with the world body yet to designate arms collection centres, officials said.

State radio said the shortening of the curfew by two hours followed satisfactory progress in implementing a July 7 peace accord to end the conflict in the former British colony.

The curfew …

19 Aug 1999 description

UNEP Media Advisory
For Information only
Not an official record

Geneva, 19 August, 1999 - The UNEP/UNCHS (Habitat) Balkans Task Force (BTF) mission to assess the environmental impacts of the Balkans conflict on the Danube River will start work on 23 August.
This, the third BTF mission to the region, is to be carried out in cooperation with the Vienna-based inter-governmental organisation, the International Commission on the Protection of the Danube River.

Timetable (in August):

21: Briefing of BTF experts, Budapest
22: Arrivial in Belgrade

19 Aug 1999 description

Officials of Yugoslav Action, which includes the confederation of independent trade unions and some 50 NGOs, said in Belgrade on 19 August that the authorities are preventing aid collected abroad from reaching Serbian refugees from Kosova. One spokeswoman said that the regime does this to force the refugees to go home. She noted that the authorities followed a similar policy in regard to Serbian refugees from Croatia. PM

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19 Aug 1999 description

Istanbul (dpa) - The death toll from the earthquake that devastated parts of northwestern Turkey reached 4,053 on Thursday, while the number of injured was given as 18,352, the news agency Anadolu said.

More than 50 hours after the quake, rescuers were battling against time to find survivors and pull them out from under tons on concrete before they die. In Golcuk, on the Marmara Sea, a 15-day old baby was saved.

Firefighters were beginning to get the blaze at the oil refinery in Izmit, 100 kilometers east of Istanbul, under control. The fire broke out after the earthquake.

19 Aug 1999 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 19 August (IRIN) - Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) ended a low key summit in the Mozambican capital, Maputo this week without announcing any new initiatives on the conflicts in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), officials said.

19 Aug 1999 description

Press release 19-08-1999 - Released by Development Cooperation

The Netherlands is soon to step up its aid to the victims of the Turkish earthquake. On Thursday morning, a Royal Netherlands Air Force Hercules aircraft will fly to Istanbul with a cargo of chemicals to fight the fire in the oil refinery at Izmit. On Friday, a DC10 will take a consignment of Red Cross emergency supplies to the disaster area, together with more fire-fighting materials if needed.

19 Aug 1999 description

(for the period 2 to 15 August 1999)
Field report on WHO Emergency Assistance Programme in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

This Health Bulletin includes information from WHO field visits, weekly Health Co-ordination Meeting Minutes chaired by UNHCR-WHO and report from UN agencies and NGOs. WHO cannot assess the veracity or validity of information provided by agencies.

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19 Aug 1999 description

Appeal Target : US$ 12,140,645
(Food US$ 8,428,300 + Funds US$ 3,712,345)
Total Project Value: US$ 22,596,119

ACT Appeal AFER91 for Ethiopia was issued on 2 February 1999 with the aim of responding to the needs of the returnees from Eritrea and other war affected people on the basis of the Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission's (DPPC) appeal. This appeal also envisaged assistance to the drought victims in the Somali region.

19 Aug 1999 description
report UN Security Council

19 August 1999

1. Pursuant to paragraph 1 of Security Council resolution 1242 (1999) of 21 May 1999, a new 180-day period commenced at 0001 hours Eastern Standard Time on 25 May 1999, for the humanitarian programme established by Council resolution 986 (1995). The distribution plan for phase VI was approved by the Secretary-General on 11 June 1999 (S/1999/671).