This is the news in brief from the United Nations.
Aid continues to arrive in quake-hit Indonesia, devastation ‘beyond imagination’
Emergency shelter and relief for thousands of victims of Indonesia’s recent earthquake and tsunami is set to arrive on the island of Sulawesi in the coming days, UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, amid reports that the devastation is “beyond imagination”.
Three weeks since disaster struck, it is estimated to have killed more than 2,000 people, displaced 80,000 and destroyed nearly 70,000 houses.
At least 680 individuals remain unaccounted for, UNHCR says.
Here’s spokesperson Charlie Yaxley:
“Our staff described the effects of the earthquake and tsunami as ‘beyond imagination’ and ‘devastating’. Communities have seen their houses, schools and hospitals reduced to rubble. Entire villages have been decimated.”
In addition to the tremors and tidal waves, huge landslides turned the ground into liquid mud which washed over large areas.
Early on Friday UNHCR delivered more than 400 tents to an airport hub on the neighbouring island of Borneo.
Another 1,305 tents will arrive in “the next few days” to help six-and-a-half-thousand of the most vulnerable people in Sulawesi.
In two of the worst affected villages, Petobo and Balaroa, Mr Yaxley said that “many people have not only lost their home, but even the land on which it once stood”.
Mass migrant march from Honduras may overwhelm authorities, warns UNCHR
Staying with the UN refugee agency, it has expressed concern that the mass migrant march nearing the southern US border could “overwhelm” the authorities.
Some 3,000 men, women and children have been on the move for a week, many starting from northern Honduras in Central America.
They are reportedly planning to claim asylum in Mexico, or continue to the United States, to escape poverty and gang violence.
A similar migrant caravan reached the US border to petition for asylum in April.
Here’s UNHCR’s Charlie Yaxley again:
“They need to be allowed to exercise their fundamental human right to seek asylum and to have access to refugee status determination procedures. This is set out in the national legislation of all countries concerned and it’s important that’s followed in line with the law.”
Yemen cyclone kills three as UN food agency calls for $117 for next six months
And finally to Yemen, where it has been confirmed that a devastating tropical storm made landfall on the south-eastern coast of the country last Sunday, killing three people.
Tropical Cyclone Luban caused heavy rains and several districts were flooded, according to UN humanitarian coordinating agency, OCHA.
Spokesperson Jens Laerke said that more than 100 people were injured and thousands were displaced, amid reports that houses had collapsed.
Al Maharah governorate was the worst affected, and there's concern that continuing rains may trigger further flooding.
In the west of the war-torn country, needs remain dire, as fighting escalates in and around the key Red Sea port of Hudaydah.
WFP, the World Food Programme, said that the situation is so severe that it urgently needs US$117 million to continue to provide food assistance for the next six months.
More than eight million people could slide into famine if they do not continue to receive adequate and sustained food and nutrition assistance, the UN agency warned.
Daniel Johnson, UN News