News in Brief 26 April 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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A failed sorghum crop caused by severe drought in Ethiopia linked to the El Niño weather phenomenon. Photo: UNOCHA Ethiopia/Lemma Tamiru

Worst is yet to come from El Nino, warns WFP

El Niño has fuelled a global food crisis but "the worst is yet to come", the World Food Programme (WFP) said Tuesday.

Although the weather phenomenon that's caused by warmer Pacific Ocean temperatures is on the wane, its impacts are expected to be felt for months to come, with drought already affecting tens of millions of people.

Here's WFP's Bettina Luescher:

"El Niño has affected 60 million people so far and WFP is really concerned that the worst is yet to come and surpassing countries' ability to cope with the situation. …In Ethiopia alone WFP urgently requires US$517 million to meet the needs of the drought-affected people this year."

The warning from the UN food agency comes ahead of an appeal for funds at the UN in Geneva to help dozens of countries meet humanitarian needs and withstand future climate-related emergencies.

The cost of such projects is estimated at US$3 billion, but the funding gap is currently US$2 billion.

Yellow fever vaccination "is essential for Angola-bound travellers"

The yellow fever outbreak in Angola has now killed 258 people and there are fears that it could spread rapidly outside the country unless preventative measures are taken quickly, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

So far the virus has been identified in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo and China.

The warning from the UN health agency comes amid evidence that visitors to the country have not been vaccinated against the disease.

Here's WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier:

"So we have seen for example 11 cases in China of travellers, workers actually, who worked in Angola who have brought yellow fever to China. Luckily the situation in China right now is favourable to not have a further spread of yellow fever because it's not a season for the mosquito, so it can be contained very easily still at this point."

With nearly 2,000 suspected cases, the majority in the Angolan capital, Luanda, a vaccination campaign has now reached almost seven million people.

"Missed" Haiti elections need to be held urgently, says Ban

In Haiti, the continued absence of elections is a cause for "deep concern" which should be remedied urgently, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said.

The Caribbean island was due to go to the ballot box at the weekend to complete last year's unfinished elections and choose the country's president.

But Sunday's deadline came and went and no alternative date has been set.

In response to this, UN chief Ban has called on all Haitian actors to ensure the prompt return to constitutional order.

He warned that the country cannot afford a period of prolonged transitional governance while facing major socio-economic and humanitarian challenges.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

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