Asia Pacific

WFP rushes food aid to flood victims in DPR of Korea

The United Nations World Food Programme today said it was rushing emergency rations to tens of thousands of flood victims in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), following freak rains in the southeast of the country that caused large-scale damage to crops, homes and infrastructure.

3,500 Afghans enter Pakistan under 'chaotic' conditions: UN refugee agency

In what may be the largest one-day exodus since the start of the bombing campaign in Afghanistan, more than 3,500 Afghans entered Pakistan in "chaotic" conditions, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UNHCR ready to aid fleeing Afghans but needs help from region's States - Lubbers

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said today that his agency - UNHCR - is prepared to care for Afghans fleeing their country but will require the cooperation of the region's States to succeed.

Afghanistan: UN demining project warns of new risks from unexploded bombs

A senior official with the United Nations mine clearing programme in Afghanistan today voiced concern that people moving around in the areas that have been heavily bombarded could face additional risk from unexploded ordnance.

Another group of refugees returns to East Timor, UN mission says

More than 500 refugees crossed into East Timor this morning on the second day of mass returns from camps located in the Indonesian part of the island, the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) in the territory said today.

Sri Lanka: UN food agency to help 300,000 drought victims

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the launch of an emergency operation to feed 300,000 people in Sri Lanka, where a severe and prolonged drought has pushed large segments of the population into hardship.

Relief effort in Afghanistan faces increasing obstacles, UN officials say

With Afghanistan's severe winter approaching fast, relief agencies are facing increasing obstacles as they race against time to bring aid to millions of destitute and suffering people in the country, UN officials said today.

UN human rights expert meets with government, opposition officials in Myanmar

A United Nations human rights expert monitoring the situation in Myanmar has just concluded a visit to the country, where he met with opposition and government officials.

UN 'not seeking' nation-building role in Afghanistan, Brahimi says

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Afghanistan today said the United Nations was "not seeking" any role in peacekeeping, nation-building or a transitional government in the country.

UN refugee agency reports sharp rise in number of Afghans crossing borders

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reported a sharp rise in the number of Afghans fleeing across borders to neighbouring Pakistan.