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24 Jul 1998 description

Friday, 24 July, will mark 6 months since UNHCR staff member Vincent Cochetel was abducted by armed men from his residence in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia. Cochetel, the head of UNHCR's office in the northern Caucasus, has been held at an unknown location since then.

24 Jul 1998 description

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICE
34 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs
DISASTER APPEAL:
PAPUA NEW GUINEA TIDAL WAVE

24 Jul 1998 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for West Africa
Tel: +225 21-73-54
Fax: +225 21-63-35

24 Jul 1998 description

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICE
34 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs
CWS/ACT APPEAL:
SUDAN FOOD RELIEF (#976309)
(In support of revised ACT Appeals #AFSD81, Sudan-Southern Blue Nile, and

24 Jul 1998 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 24 July 1998 (IRIN) - A South African newspaper has alleged the Angolan government has received permission from Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use their territory to outflank UNITA positions in an imminent military offensive.

24 Jul 1998 description

Bangladesh put its army on full alert on Friday as devastating floods hit two-thirds of the country, officials said.

They said more than 90 people had died and some 10 million were suffering the effects of the flooding, including one million marooned in remote districts who were facing shortages of food and drinking water.

As part of contingency plans, the army was standing by to evacuate marooned villagers.

"The Army is on stand-by for emergency rescue operations," a Relief Ministry official said.

Officials in the flood-hit districts said 93 people were killed, most …

24 Jul 1998 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for Central and Eastern Africa
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129

24 Jul 1998 description

Australia is on standby to provide more relief to the survivors of the disaster if requested by P-N-G authorities.

The Australian High Commissioner to P-N-G, David Irvine, gave the undertaking at a news conference in Port Moresby.

Australia has already sent services to the relief effort including a field hospital, medical staff, and military air transport.

Mr Irvine says the field hospital at Vanimo has treated more than 200 patients and performed more than 80 major operations.

He says the Australia government is continuously assessing the situation and is working with PNG …

24 Jul 1998 description

Up to 100 people were killed and scores wounded in an attack on a village near the remote Angolan diamond-mining town of Cafunfo, witnesses said on Friday.

Survivors airlifted to the capital Luanda for treatment told Reuters that the village in Lunda Norte province was attacked two days ago by remnants of Angola's opposition movement UNITA.

An old man interviewed in his hospital bed said "at least 100 people were killed" during the attack.

Another said the evening raid appeared to have been carried out by UNITA fighters armed with mortars and small calibre …

24 Jul 1998 description

Hundreds of diplomats, aid workers and local people gathered in the Tajik capital on Friday to pay their last respects to three United Nations employees murdered in the former Soviet republic on Monday.

The coffins of military observers Major Ryszard Szewczyk of Poland, Major Adolfo Sharpegue of Uruguay and of Japanese civil affairs officer Yutaka Akino were laid in front of the offices of the U.N.

24 Jul 1998 description

UNITED NATIONS, July 24 (Reuters) - An Italian U.N. staff member for the World Food Programme was killed in the Burundi capital of Bujumbura when three bandits broke into his home and shot him, the United Nations said on Friday.

24 Jul 1998 description

At least nine people were killed when they were swept away after a landslide near the town of Kediri in the Indonesian province of East Java, a local newspaper reported on Friday.

The Republika newspaper reported that torrential rains on Thursday dislodged solidified lava from the slopes of the nearby Mount Kelud volcano and washed it into a nearby river.

At least nine people who had been collecting stones and sand were killed by the flows.

At least one person is still missing, the newspaper said.

Kediri is about 120 km (75 miles) southwest of Indonesia's second largest …

24 Jul 1998 description

Pledges of financial support for victims of Papua New Guinea's tsunami disaster are continuing to come in from all over the world.

Pacific correspondent Richard Dinnen reports millions of dollars have been promised -- and fund-raising efforts are underway.

More than six million kina has been pledged to the Aitape Relief Fund so far, and commercial organisations and church groups are conducting fund-raising efforts across Papua New Guinea and the Pacific region.

24 Jul 1998 description

Earthquakes, storms, frost and floods have killed more than 1,500 people in China as of July 15 this year, an official of the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Friday.

Direct economic losses in China caused by the natural disasters reached 120 billion yuan ($14.46 billion), said Sun Shaocheng, Vice Director of Disaster Relief Department under the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Flooding that began in June had killed more than 1,000 people and caused 84.6 billion yuan in direct economic losses as of July 15, Sun said.

24 Jul 1998 description

Devastating rains pounded three central China provinces last weekend, adding 145 deaths to the toll of more than 1,100 dead from summer flooding, a government report said on Friday.

Flooding caused by heavy rains from July 17-20 affected 21 million people in 71 counties in the provinces of Jiangxi, Hubei and Hunan, the latest flood update issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

The floods also destroyed 780,000 houses and hit 1.26 million hectares of farmland (3.15 million acres) and about 180,000 hectares reported total crop failure, the report said.

Economic losses in the …

24 Jul 1998 description

RUSSIAN FEDERATION / NORTHERN CAUCASUS

24 Jul 1998 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for Central and Eastern Africa
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129

24 Jul 1998 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for West Africa
Tel: +225 21-73-54
Fax: +225 21-63-35