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12 Nov 1997 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for the Great Lakes
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129
e-mail: irin@dha.unon.org

IRIN Emergency Update No. 289 on the Great Lakes (Tuesday, 11 November 1997)

TANZANIA: Humanitarian community concerned over refugee expulsions

Senior humanitarian sources have expressed concern at continuing
expulsions of Rwandans from Tanzania. At least 1,450 have arrived in

12 Nov 1997 description

Thunderstorms in Indonesia -- unleashing the first tropical downpour in six months, have raised hopes that monsoonal rains will extinguish wildfires choking much of Southeast Asia.

Fires - set by timber companies, plantation owners and farmers - have burned out of control for months, spewing a thick haze from Thailand to Australia and endangering the health of millions.

12 Nov 1997 description

Aid workers have began emergency air drops to 23-thousand people stranded by severe flooding in southern Somalia.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says the first flights are aimed at getting food and shelter to 10-thousand people in the northern Juba region.

It says later missions will target 13-thousand refugees in the region's centre and south.

An aircraft carrying seven tonnes of blankets and plastic sheeting destined for three-thousand people has left Nairobi, bound for the Gedo region.

The torrential rain and flooding in Somalia's Shabelle and Juba …

12 Nov 1997 description

Officials in southern Vietnam say there is little hope of finding any of the 3,000 people still unaccounted for from typhoon Linda, which hit the country 10 days ago.

They say ships are continuing the search for survivors, but they're only hopeful of finding fishermen who may have become stranded on islands.

Figures from Storm and Flood Control committees in 12 provinces of the Mekong Delta show that 453 people died, while damage was estimated at close to 400 million dollars.

12 Nov 1997 description

Australia is to provide about 210-thousand-American dollars to help Vietnam deal with the damage caused by Cyclone Linda.

Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, says the aid will focus on re-equipping fishermen and restoring rice paddy fields.

Another priority would be raising and repairing sunken boats in provinces such as Ca Mau and Kien Giang.

Mr Downer said Austrlia was saddened by the loss of life and extensive damage caused by the worst natural disaster to hit the southern provinces of Vietnam in a century.

=A9 1996 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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I am pleased to announce that Australia is providing $300 000 in response to the international appeal launched over the weekend by the Government of Vietnam following Cyclone Linda on 2 November.

11 Nov 1997 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is providing assistance to Somalia in the wake of floods which have damaged the country.

According to a UNICEF spokesman in Geneva, the agency has sent supplies and personnel to Kismayu, Baidera and

11 Nov 1997 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS
The Special Representative of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on the situation in Rwanda says the country's Government should be commended for its cooperation with the members of the international community active in human rights matters.

In his latest report, Michel Moussalli who went on a field mission to Rwanda from 26 July to 4 August 1997, expresses his
"deepest gratitude" to all Ministers and officials of the Government of Rwanda for receiving him on short notice and for the

11 Nov 1997 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS
he United Nations human rights expert on Burundi has urged the easing of sanctions against the country as soon as its
Government shows a tangible commitment to peace and national reconciliation.

In his latest report on the situation of human rights in Burundi, Special Rapporteur Paulo Sergio Pinheiro also calls for the
imposition of an embargo on the sale of arms to Burundi. The embargo, he says, should be directed at both the Government

11 Nov 1997 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for West Africa
Tel: +225 21-63-35
Fax: +225 21-63-35
e-mail: irin-wa@africaonline.co.ci

IRIN-WA Update 80-97 of Events in West Africa, 11 November 1997

[As a supplement to its weekly round-ups of main events in West Africa,
IRIN-WA will produce a daily synopsis of reports on the region. IRIN issues
these reports for the benefit of the humanitarian community but accepts no

11 Nov 1997 description

Tbilisi, 11 November 1997 (RFE/RL) - Georgia's Caucasus Press news agency says several thousand police were deployed around the Philharmonia building in Tbilisi today to prevent representatives of ethnic Georgians, who were forced to flee Abkhazia and South Ossetia during 1990-1993 fighting in both regions, from holding a planned meeting.

11 Nov 1997 description
report IRIN

NATIONS UNIES
Departement des Affaires Humanitaires / IRIN
Tel: +254 2 622 147
Fax: +254 2 622 129
e-mail: irin@dha.unon.org

[Le bulletin quotidien est base sur des informations pertinentes provenant
d'agences de Nations Unies, d'ONG, de gouvernements, de donateurs et des
medias. IRIN publie ces rapports dans l'interet de la communaute
humanitaire, mais rejette toute responsabilite quant a l'exactitude des

11 Nov 1997 description

Tepitapia Sannah, PANA Correspondent
MONROVIA, Liberia (PANA) - The Liberian government is engaged in a tussle with ECOMOG, the west African peace
monitoring force, here over restructuring of the national army, although the Abuja accord on Liberia assigned the task to

11 Nov 1997 description
report Voice of America

DATE=11/11/97
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-222484
TITLE=SUDAN PEACE TALKS (L ONLY)
BYLINE=SONYA LAURENCE GREEN
DATELINE=NAIROBI
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:

INTRO: SUDANESE PEACE TALKS BEING HELD IN KENYA HAVE ADJOURNED
UNTIL APRIL. SONYA LAURENCE GREEN IN NAIROBI REPORTS EACH SIDE
BLAMES THE OTHER FOR THE BREAKDOWN IN NEGOTIATIONS.

TEXT: SUDAN'S GOVERNMENT AND SOUTHERN REBELS MET FOR PEACE TALKS
IN KENYA'S CAPITAL, NAIROBI, FROM OCTOBER 29TH TO NOVEMBER 7TH.
BUT NO AGREEMENT WAS REACHED, AND BOTH SIDES BLAMED THE OTHER

11 Nov 1997 description

The drought in Papua New Guinea is having an increasing impact on the capital, Port Moresby.

Sean Dorney reports that from next Monday, severe power rationing will be introduced to try to save water in the dam that feeds the city's hydro-electric system:

"The Sirinumu Dam which provides Port Moresby with drinking water as well as most of its electricity is emptying. On current trends it could be dry by March unless significant rain falls.

11 Nov 1997 description
report Voice of America

DATE=11/11/97
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-222474
TITLE=AFGHAN U-N (L)
BYLINE=MEREDITH BUEL
DATELINE=ISLAMABAD
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:

INTRO: THE UNITED NATIONS IS SENDING A HIGH-LEVEL DELEGATION TO
AFGHANISTAN WEDNESDAY TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE TALEBAN. AS
CORRESPONDENT MEREDITH BUEL REPORTS -- THE MAIN FOCUS OF THE
MISSION WILL BE THE TALEBAN'S RESTRICTIONS ON WOMEN.

TEXT: U-N ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL ANGELA KING IS LEADING THE
DELEGATION TO KABUL.

THE GROUP WILL REVIEW U-N PROGRAMS AND GIVE SPECIAL ATTENTION TO