News in Brief 05 August 2015 (AM)

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Floods in Kale Township, Sagaing Region of Myanmar. Photo: WFP/Khin Khin Aung

Aid reaches flood-affected people in Myanmar

Aid has been delivered to 82,000 people in the most flood-affected parts of western Myanmar, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has announced.

Flooding and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains have impacted more than a quarter of a million people in 12 out of Myanmar’s 14 states.

Nearly 208,000 people are now estimated to be in need of immediate food assistance.

WFP said it is now working to reach all people in need.

Iranian authorities urged to withdraw death sentence

The Iranian authorities have been urged by the UN to immediately withdraw the death penalty recently handed down to a well-known practitioner of alternative medicine.

Mohammad Ali Tehari is the founder of an arts and culture institute in Tehran which promotes healing concepts practiced in Iran and abroad.

He was reportedly sentenced to death on 1 August on charges of 'Fasad-fel-Arz' which translates as "Corruption on Earth."

He is currently serving a five-year sentence for another offence.

Chronically underfunded aid operations receive boost

Some of the world's most underfunded humanitarian operations are to be given an injection of US$70 million, the UN has announced.

The funds will support relief work in the Horn of Africa as well as in countries including Myanmar, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

The money has been sourced from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)

United Nations humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said that with almost 60 million people forcibly displaced globally, the world faces a crisis on a "scale not seen in generations."

Maria Carlino, United Nations.

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