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News in Brief 16 September 2022

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60 million people worldwide affected by El Niño phenomenon

Floods, drought and other extreme weather events triggered by the current El Niño phenomenon are affecting an estimated 60 million people worldwide, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) reports.

While countries have been appealing for US$3 billion to respond to this challenge, a huge funding gap remains.

The UN joined affected countries, aid groups and donors in Geneva on Tuesday to call for action to address the crisis and to support communities to withstand future climate-related emergencies.

UNRWA

Closing schools for Palestinian refugee children “unacceptable”

Putting the education of Palestinian children at risk is unacceptable, according to a senior official of the UN agency which supports Palestine refugees, UNRWA.

UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Sandra Mitchell said the money needed to open schools on time for half a million Palestinian children has not been forthcoming.

She said the agency does not have the cash on hand to pay the salaries from September through December of more than 22,000 teachers at its 700 schools in the Middle East.