News in Brief 15 May 2015 (AM)

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Around twelve babies are being born every hour without access to basic healthcare in the areas of Nepal worst hit by two powerful earthquakes, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The agency said maternity facilities were massively damaged by the tremors.

It warned that over the next month the lives of almost 18,000 babies and mothers could be at risk unless urgent action is taken to restore key healthcare systems.

US$1 million for operations to help South Asian migrants

One million US dollars has been released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a UN partner organization, for operations to help migrants abandoned by people smugglers in South Asia.

The UN human rights office (OHCHR) reported on Friday that some 6,000 people, mainly Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants, are still believed to be stranded at sea in precarious conditions.

Here's spokesperson Rupert Colville.

"We're appalled at reports that Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have been pushing boats full of vulnerable migrants back out to sea, which will inevitably lead to many avoidable deaths. The focus should be on saving lives, not further endangering them."

"Great sadness" over Philippines shoe factory deaths

The news of the death of dozens of workers in a fire in a shoe factory in the capital of the Philippines, Manila, has been described as "greatly saddening" by the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Guy Ryder said once again, the international community is mourning workers whose lives have been cut short as a result of workplace accidents.

He added that the ILO stands ready to work with employers, workers and their organizations and all stakeholders to improve safety and health conditions in the workplace.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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