CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICE
34 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs
CWS/ACT APPEAL: HURRICANE MITCH (#976309)
1998 has been an unlucky year for China. There has been an earthquake in Hebei Province, a severe snowstorm in Tibet and now an estimated 240 million Chinese - one fifth of China's population - have been affected by flooding from the Yangzi river. Many Chinese civilians and soldiers have worked hard to dig up survivors from the earthquake and to save threatened communities from flooding. The EU's own European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) has been at hand to help.
NUTRITIONAL CRISIS PERSISTS IN BAHR AL-GHAZAL
WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) - U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke said on Wednesday he was "heartsick" NATO did not act sooner to stop a Serb offensive against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
"We just feel heartsick that we weren't standing up having this kind of briefing three or four months ago ... because we wouldn't have had all that destruction ...
By Juan Carlos Ulate
PUERTO CORTEZ, Honduras, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Hurricane Mitch continued to batter Honduras on Thursday, hitting the coast, reaching inland and threatening the northwest Caribbean region after claiming at least 19 lives.
After two days of downpours that caused flash-floods and mudslides, the weary Central American nation declared a state of emergency and evacuated some 100,000 people from the coast, adding to frantic flights to safety in nearby Belize, Guatemala and Mexico.
Mitch stalled late on Wednesday just over the Bay Islands, a popular tourist spot for …
In the past two weeks delegates have distributed 80 tonnes of wheat flour, spaghetti, sugar, salt and yeast to displaced persons in Kosovo. More than 8,000 blankets, 23,000 candles and other essential items have also been provided to ease the desperate plight of the thousands of people driven from their homes by the fighting in the Yugoslav province.
27-29 October 1998
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
Paul Ejime, PANA Correspondent
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for Central and Eastern Africa
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129
A war continues to rage in the north and east interior of Sierra Leone. More than 250,000 refugees have fled to neighboring Guinea and Liberia. The UN has estimated that another 250,000 persons are internally displaced within Sierra Leone. Due to extreme insecurity, international relief agencies lack access into the interior of much of the country. As a result many of the displaced are cut off from food and medical aid.
REG. NO. 98/0309
Ref: OCHAGVA - 98/03334
CENTRAL AMERICA - HURRICANE MITCH
HONDURAS, GUATEMALA, BELIZE, COSTA RICA
OCHA - GENEVA SITUATION REPORT NO.4
Hurricane Mitch bore down on Honduras today bringing torrential rains to communities along the coast and throughout the Sula Valley. Homes in coastal areas have been destroyed by the high winds; the tin roofs common to most houses have been torn asunder.
Jonas Savimbi's leadership under new challenge
Released by the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs, Office of South Central European Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC, October 28, 1998
Compiled by EUR/SCE (202-647-4850) from
daily reports of the U.S. element of the Kosovo Diplomatic Observer
Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires
IRIN - Afrique Centrale et de l'Est
Tel: +254 2 622 147
Fax: +254 2 622 129
On the run in Kosovo
Canadian aid-worker John Schenk spent time this week with ethnic Albanian refugees in the hills of Kosovo, about 40 kilometers west of Pristina. Many of the 3,000 people, some living in makeshift camps for up to five months, are afraid to return to their homes and villages. They fear Serbian forces and Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic.