Washington, July 9, 1996 - Devastating storms, flooding, landslides, and tornadoes currently wracking China are taking
a heavy toll on provinces already hard hit by last year's flooding. Red Cross early estimates cite nearly 300 dead although
media reports put the death toll at over 400. Some 5250 people have been injured and over 62,910 homes have been
Over 1.2 million people are surrounded by water and access to areas where they are located is difficult. Working with the
Trip to Obtain First-Hand Information on Flight of Refugees,Internally-Displaced Persons
MONITOR - A DAILY BRIEFING ON THE POST-SOVIET STATES
RUSSIAN TROOPS IN CHECHNYA PLACED ON ALERT. The Russian command in Chechnya announced this morning that it has placed its troops on alert for unspecified measures against "bandit detachments." (Russian and Western agencies, July 9. See Perspective section below).
TIKHOMIROV DENIES DISMISSAL REPORTS. Lt. General Vyacheslav Tikhomirov, commander of Russia's combined forces in Chechnya, yesterday denied the previous day's reports that he has been replaced.
From Peter Mwaura; PANA Staff Correspondent
From Tarcey Munaku; PANA Correspondent
SEOUL (Reuter) - Elderly couples in North Korea are committing suicide and children are being abandoned in the streets to die because of famine, a North Korean defector said Tuesday.
''There are cases where those (elderly) parents hang or drown themselves. It is something I have witnessed myself,'' said Chung Soon-young, who defected to South Korea with her son and daughter.
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
by the Africa Faith and Justice Network
Washington, DC - Monrovia in the last few weeks has faced what is now known as a "semblance of peace." But war-wearied Liberians want more than a semblance of peace, they want the real thing: lasting and durable peace, an opportunity to put their lives back together.
Washington, DC - Because the crisis in Burundi has not degenerated into a full scale massacre such as that in Rwanda in 1994, the gravity of the present crisis has perhaps not yet fully penetrated our minds. With an estimated 100 people dying per week, tens of thousands of refugees still fleeing to Zaire and Tanzania, thousands more displaced from their homes within Burundi, the situation is comparable to an all- out, if undeclared, war.
WASHINGTON July 8, 1996 - In anticipation that Hurricane Bertha would pass over the U.S. Virgin Islands around noon today (EDT), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel and equipment and resources from other federal agencies have been moving into position near the expected path of the storm.
At 8:00 a.m. this morning, FEMA activated an Emergency Support Team at its Washington, D.C.
by the Africa Faith and Justice Network
The situation in brief as of 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 8:
Preliminary reports from federal disaster response personnel in the U.S. Virgin Islands indicate numerous homes have been damaged, many of them still undergoing repairs from Hurricane Marilyn. All three airports are closed, and navigational instruments at the airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico are operating only for emergency landings on one runway. Air traffic control has been turned over to FAA controllers in Miami.
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BEIJING (AP) -- As storms lifted across southern China, millions of people went out to repair dikes, pump water and
By CHRIS TOMLINSON Associated Press Writer
BEIJING, July 8 (Reuter) - Southern China mopped up on Monday after some of the worst floods in a century killed more than 400 people, with farmers replanting crops and troops buttressing river embankments.
With the death toll at least 405 in six provinces and expected to rise as more bodies were dug out from landslides or found in collapsed homes, officials were on alert for more storms as the annual typhoon season neared.
By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH Associated Press Writer
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Refugees from the country's civil war were taken hostage by one of the warring factions, then shot to death when rival militiamen attacked their abductors, witnesses said Friday.
Survivors of Thursday's mayhem were pouring into squatters' camps in the capital after fleeing clashes in the northeast, where supporters of the Ulimo-J faction are battling a new faction called the Congo Defense Force. The civilians were killed in Sasstown, about 75 miles northeast of the capital of Monrovia.
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DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS
SITUATION REPORT FROM THE COORDINATOR IN ARMENIA
CHECHEN PEACE AGREEMENT IN JEOPARDY. Russian forces renewed artillery bombardment of villages in south-east Chechnya on 7 July amid mutual accusations of non-compliance with the peace agreements of 27 May and 10 June, Russian and Western media reported. A spokesman for Chechen chief of staff Aslan Maskhadov said that the Russian forces had failed to remove roadblocks in places outside Chechen towns and villages or to close filtration camps by the 7 July deadline, according to AFP; the Russians accuse the Chechens of continuing attacks on Russian forces.