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18 Dec 1998 description

DEVELOPMENT CONTEXT

Although Bangladesh has diversified its economy, it continues to be one of the poorest countries in the world and, with its 120 million people, the most densely populated.

18 Dec 1998 description

Arusha, 18 decembre 98 (FH) - Le ministre burundais du processus de paix, Ambroise Niyonsaba, s'est declare confiant en la levee prochaine des sanctions contre le Burundi, vendredi soir a Arusha.

18 Dec 1998 description

In the DRC, a UNHCR team counted 8,500 arrivals from Congo-Brazzaville during a 5-day mission which returned to Kinshasa Tuesday (December 15) from border villages in the Luozi district, west-southwest of the capital. The new arrivals had fled battles in past weeks between rival Ninja and Cobra militias in the Pool region, and include refugees as well as DRC nationals who were living in Congo-Brazzaville.

18 Dec 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

18 Dec 1998 description

(Circulated only for countries where foodcrops or supply situation conditions give rise to concern)

18 Dec 1998 description

ISLAMABAD -- As Afghanistan braces for winter, the United Nations World Food Programme, several NGOs and survivors of the May 1998 earthquake in the northeastern corner of the country have won a race against time to put the finishing touches on more than 14,000 new, earthquake-resistant homes.

18 Dec 1998 description

Un jeune garçon pointe le doigt sur un amas de décombres: "C'est là qu'était ma maison", raconte-t-il. Il faut de l'imagination pour comprendre que des gens vivaient effectivement ici avant l'irruption de l'ouragan Mitch qui, en octobre, a entièrement dévasté ce village nicaraguayen, comme beaucoup d'autres en Amérique centrale. Seules traces de son passage, des briques éparpillées ça et là et des branches d'arbres brisées comme de simples allumettes. Astrid N.

18 Dec 1998 description

6 December - 13 December 1998

18 Dec 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
e-mail: irin@ocha.unon.org

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Glimmer of light as sides agree to discuss

18 Dec 1998 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for Southern Africa
Tel: +2711 880 4633
Fax: +2711 880 1421

18 Dec 1998 description

BRAZZAVILLE, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Panic gripped the centre of the Congo Republic capital Brazzaville for a second successive day on Friday, with reports of shooting in the southern suburbs of the city, witnesses said.

Shops and offices closed and civilians once again fled for the safety of their homes after the city spent the night without electricity.

Reut06:39 12-18-98

18 Dec 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

18 Dec 1998 description

News Release No. 104/98

Press Inquiries Only
Contact: Tsukasa Maekawa

18 Dec 1998 description

United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator

Havana, 18 December. The United Nations System today issued an international appeal for assistance to Cuba to help the country overcome the consequences of two consecutive natural disasters --a prolonged drought and Hurricane Georges. Both disasters have worsened the situation created by the economic crisis evolving since the beginning of the decade and aggravated by strengthening of the economic, financial and commercial embargo.

18 Dec 1998 description

Naciones Unidas Oficina del Coordinador Residente

La Habana, 18 de diciembre.  El Sistema de las Naciones Unidas lanzó hoy un llamado internacional de asistencia a Cuba para ayudar al país a superar las consecuencias de dos sucesivos desastres naturales --una prolongada sequía y el huracán "Georges"-- que agravan la situación creada por la crisis económica iniciada a principios de esta década y el recrudecimiento del bloqueo económico, financiero y comercial a que está sometido.