Insecurity hampering delivery of aid in Central African Republic

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Children in a camp for displaced person in CAR

The security situation in the Central African Republic remains volatile hampering efforts by humanitarian organizations to deliver assistance to those in need, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Many people injured during the latest fighting have been brought to hospitals around the capital, Bangui, but medical facilities are finding it difficult to cope with the influx due to lack of electricity and limited medical supplies.

Schools, banks, supermarkets also remain closed.

Amy Martin from OCHA says the humanitarian consequences of the on-going crisis are particularly worrying in the north and central parts of the country where more than 80,000 people are at risk to severe food shortages over the next few months.

"We have some limited stock in the country we are looking at ways of bringing more in. We are supporting the hospitals mainly rights now. Our main concern is getting the water supply back up and running. We are supporting the hospitals with fuel, medical supplies and kits to keep basic services available for the population. In some areas programming is on going, in some areas programming has been suspended. Until we have security on the roads, that permit us to get from Bangui to the interior of the country, its going to be difficult to say we are fully functional again and fully operational."

Ms Martin says the United Nations has temporarily relocated some 311 staff members from Bangui to Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Patrick Maigua United Nations Radio, Geneva.

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