UN prepared to assist Indonesia following second deadly earthquake in Lombok
The United Nations stands ready to support ongoing rescue and relief efforts in East Lombok in Indonesia, which was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Sunday.
Nearly 100 people are feared dead in the quake, the second to hit the island in a week. Around 10,000 have reportedly been evacuated.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed his sadness over the “devastating loss of life, injuries and damages” caused by the incident.
The UN chief extended his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Indonesia, according to a statement issued on Monday by his spokesperson.
He also wished the injured a quick recovery.
Lombok is located in a chain of islands that includes the popular holiday destination, Bali.
The Indonesian authorities reportedly expect the death toll to rise as rescuers access hard to reach areas in the north.
The earlier earthquake, which struck the island on 29 July, killed 16 people.
Spike in violence against civilians and aid workers in CAR
Six aid workers have been killed so far this year in the Central African Republic (CAR), where a senior UN official reports there has been a rise in incidents affecting civilians and humanitarian workers.
Najat Rochdi, UN Humanitarian Coordinator, said the spike is due to continued attacks by armed groups despite their commitment to a peace and reconciliation initiative.
“Humanitarian staff and goods are not a target,” she said in a press release issued on Monday, further stating that she was “appalled by the outbreak of violence against civilians in need of protection and against humanitarian workers whose only credo is to save lives.”
The UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, said more than 6,600 “protection incidents” were recorded in the CAR in the first half of 2018.
During that same time period, five “humanitarian actors” were killed while on duty, while a sixth aid worker lost their life on 1 August.
OCHA added that the number of incidents against aid professionals has nearly doubled between the first and second quarters of this year.
The agency said the overall figure, 181, is equivalent to “one incident each day”.
Hiroshima legacy ‘one of resilience’: UN chief
The atomic bombing that destroyed the Japanese city of Hiroshima more than 70 years ago “cannot and must not ever happen again,” the UN Secretary-General has said.
António Guterres paid tribute to the citizens there, and to those who perished in the blast, in a message issued on Monday, the anniversary of the 6 August 1945 attack.
Izumi Nakamitsu, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, delivered the message on his behalf at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Service held that day.
“The legacy of Hiroshima is one of resilience. The city we see today, this bustling metropolis, is testament to that fact,” she read.
The UN chief’s message described the people of Hiroshima as not only brave survivors of the atomic bomb, but courageous activists for peace and reconciliation.
Dianne Penn, UN News