Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka food production hit hard by drought, heavy rains: FAO

Nearly one million people in Sri Lanka are at risk of going hungry due to severe drought followed by heavy rainfall, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Thursday.

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Sri Lanka's food gap widens in wake of regional floods and drought, UN agencies warn

An extreme drought followed by floods has affected large swathes of cropland in Sri Lanka, United Nations agencies reported today, warning that the disaster threatens the food security of some 900,000 people.

UN and partners in Sri Lanka appeal for resources as receding floods reveal extent of damage

Following last month's severe flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka that impacted some 630,000 people, the United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched an urgent appeal for more resources to reach those in the worst-hit parts of the country with urgent assistance.

“Fabric” of Sri Lanka torn apart by deadly storm: UNICEF

Much of Sri Lanka’s infrastructure has been torn apart by the deadly Cyclone Mora which brought floods and mudslides in its wake at the end of May.

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News in Brief 6 June 2017 (AM) – Geneva

Mosul civilians lie dead in street: Zeid tells Human Rights Council

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News in Brief 2 June 2017 (AM) – Geneva

At least 40 migrants “die of thirst” in Sahara desert

Forty-four migrants have died in the Sahara desert after their vehicle broke down as it was heading from Niger to Libya, the UN said on Friday.

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Sri Lanka: UN agency deploys rapid assessment teams to assist in wake of monsoon floods, landslides

According to Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC), the South Asian country is combating floods and mudslides in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Mora, while the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) today deployed three rapid assessment teams to the most affected districts, where some 177 people have died and 109 remain missing.

News in brief 26 April (AM)

UNICEF reaches almost half of world’s children with life-saving vaccines

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Vital for Sri Lanka to send message that 'impunity is no longer tolerated' underlines UN rights chief

Presenting an oral update on the rights situation in Sri Lanka, the top United Nations human rights official today said that a general lack of trust in the impartiality of the justice system in the country regarding past violations and continuing “unwillingness or inability” to address impunity reinforces the need for international participation in a judicial mechanism.

News in Brief 3 March 2017 (AM) – Geneva

Sri Lanka’s slow progress on justice for past crimes “risks derailing peace”

A lack of progress in bringing to justice those responsible for gross human rights crimes in Sri Lanka risks derailing a lasting peace there.

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