Yemen airstrike death toll may rise: OCHA
More details have emerged about deadly air raids carried out on Monday in a heavily built-up area of Yemen’s capital city Sana’a.
The Arabian Peninsula country has seen more than three years of civil war between Houthi separatists, who control the first city, and forces loyal to President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who’s backed by a Saudi-led international coalition.
According to OCHA, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, six people died in the Tahrir District attack — including one child — and another 90 were wounded.
OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told journalists in Geneva that many of the wounded were in a critical condition and casualty figures may rise:
“I want to mention that there are students among the casualties recorded from the field this morning, as the areas that were targeted appear to be around the Presidential office which is in a civilian area.”
Mr. Laerke said that the area targeted was located near two public schools and shops.
According to OCHA, more than 22.2 million people in Yemen need humanitarian assistance urgently.
Dangers persist for nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh: WHO
A mass cholera vaccination campaign is under way in Bangladesh to protect nearly 1 million Myanmar refugees, amid a warning from the UN health agency on Tuesday that “we’re not out of the woods yet”.
The refugee crisis started in August last year when more than 670,000 people fled a military campaign in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, seeking shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh.
Here’s Dr. Richard Brennan from the World Health Organization (WHO):
“We’re not out of the woods yet. There are still many risks to the health and well-being of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The majority are still housed in overcrowded, somewhat unsanitary camps and now, we are looking down the barrel of the monsoon season with the inherent risks of flooding and landslide, as well as the cyclone season.”
Dr. Brennan, WHO’s head of emergency operations, stressed the need to focus on water and sanitation facilities as the most effective guarantee against cholera and other water-borne diseases.
He also said that any future return of Rohingya communities to Myanmar would have to be “safe, voluntary and dignified”.
World Food Programme chief visits DPRK
The head of the UN food agency is travelling to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) where he’s to meet senior government officials, it’s been announced.
In a statement, David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), said that his agency has worked with DPRK “to help strengthen food security” for more than two decades.
The agency aims to assist 650,000 women and children in DPRK every month, providing highly nutritious, fortified cereals and biscuits.
Funding shortfalls have meant that rations have had to be reduced and suspended in some cases.
Mr. Beasley added that his visit will take in schools and nurseries “to meet some of the mothers and young children WFP is supporting”.
After visiting DPRK, Mr. Beasley will also travel to China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.