News in Brief 03 April 2017 (PM)

3 April 2017

Bombing in St. Petersburg metro condemned by UN chief

The Secretary-General has condemned Monday’s bombing in the St. Petersburg metro and called for those responsible for the “appalling act” to be held accountable.

António Guterres also extended his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and the people of the Russian Federation.

According to media reports, 10 people were reportedly killed and dozens were injured in the explosion.

The incident is being investigated and local officials have not yet ruled it a terrorist act.

250 people dead in Colombia landslide, many of them children: UN

Landslides over the weekend in the city of Mocoa in Colombia’s Putamayo province have left more than 250 people dead, many of them children, with many more missing or injured, the UN spokesperson has said.

Stéphane Dujarric said the recent update was provided by humanitarian colleagues on the ground.

“The United Nations commends Colombia for its efforts to ensure that immediate humanitarian needs are being met. The UN and humanitarian country team are working closely with the Colombian authorities and stand ready to offer assistance. The Secretary-General, for his part, conveyed his condolences to the people and Government of Colombia in a conversation yesterday with Colombia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and we expect him to speak to the President of Columbia later today.”

Search-and-rescue efforts led by the Government continue, he said.

Humanitarians working to “keep pace” with rising displacement from West Mosul

Humanitarian partners in Iraq have continued to work around the clock in order to keep pace with the rising displacement from western Mosul, according to the UN.

Here’s UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric again.

“Despite the daily arrival of thousands of newly displaced people at camps and emergency sites, space is currently available to receive almost 23,000 people, while further expansion and construction work is underway. In addition to providing shelter, humanitarian partners continue to assist displaced families, families on the move and vulnerable people who remain in newly retaken areas, wherever access allows.”

Some 800,000 people have received ‘rapid-response’ emergency packages with food rations, water, and basic hygiene supplies, since the start of the Mosul crisis, Mr Dujarric said.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, more than 5,000 people were recorded as displaced from western Mosul.

Almost 236,000 people have been displaced from western Mosul since the start of the military operation in the western neighbourhoods in late February.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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