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Since the start of 2015, 26 aid workers have been killed in Afghanistan. Photo: UNAMA (file)

"Appalling" murder of nine aid workers in Afghanistan

The murder of nine aid workers in Afghanistan serving the non-profit "People in Need" has been described as "appalling" by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country.

Mark Bowden on Tuesday issued a statement following the attack on their compound in Zari district.

No party has reportedly claimed responsibility so far.

Since the start of 2015, 26 aid workers have been killed in the country, with another 17 injured and 40 abducted.

Appeal for Nepal under-funded

Some 2.8 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the earthquake in Nepal, according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA.

Meanwhile, an appeal for the country is currently under-funded with only US$120 million having been received, while the needs total US$422 million .

OCHA says the fast-approaching monsoon season is expected to further complicate aid delivery especially in remote areas, which are the worst affected.

Deteriorating food security in Yemen

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is deteriorating rapidly and millions of people have been cut off from food, water, electricity and other basic needs, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

The UN estimates that half of a million people have had to flee their homes since violence erupted at the end of March between government forces and Houthi rebels.

During the next three months, WFP says it needs around US$43 million every month for the emergency distribution of full rations to 2.5 million people.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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