News in Brief 23 June 2016 (PM)

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Newly arrived families from Fallujah receive emergency assistance in Al Khalidiya. Humanitarian actors are working around the clock to provide emergency assistance to the newly displaced, including shelter, water, food, basic household items and health care. Photo: OCHA/Themba Linden

UN "working around the clock" to aid Fallujah

Aid agencies are "working around the clock" to provide relief to people fleeing fighting in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, the UN says.

More than 3,400 tents have been delivered since May and 21,000 packages of basic household items have been distributed, including cooking stoves.

A five-day supply of ready-to-eat food, water and hygiene items have been handed out to people on the move and in safe areas.

Latrines, showers, water tanks, water treatment and purification units are being installed.

The number of displaced people and the pace of their arrival have stretched the humanitarian capacities.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says it needs US$65 million to provide assistance in Fallujah.

Relocation of Donetsk checkpoints put civilians at risk

The relocation of two checkpoints in the Donetsk region of Ukraine closer to the so-called "contact line" can put civilians at further risk of mortar shelling and sniper fire, the UN is warning.

The "contact line" separates the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk people's republic' and 'Luhansk people's republic' from the rest of Ukraine.

Civilians often wait in queues for as long as 36 hours with little access to basic services or drinking water, the UN humanitarian agency OCHA says.

Some 430,000 people used these two border crossing points in May alone.

On 22 June, more than 32,000 pedestrians and 4,600 vehicles passed through the five crossings, according to the State Border Guards.

Some 9,371 people have been killed and 21,532 others have been injured in eastern Ukraine since the conflict began in mid-April 2014.

188 people die in Nigeria from severe malnutrition

An assessment conducted in Nigeria's Bama town in Borno state has found that 188 people died in a displaced camp, the UN humanitarian agency OCHA said.

Citing the findings of the humanitarian medical organisation MSF, the agency added that 19 per cent of 800 children who were screened were diagnosed with acute severe malnutrition.

More than 25,000 people are displaced in the area because of the conflict, including 15,000 children.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is running a centre for severely malnourished children, but the agency describes the needs as "staggering".

Water, sanitation and hygiene services are now being provided and there is also a clinic for basic health care, OCHA confirmed.

According to media reports, Bama had been under the control of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram before being pushed out by government forces.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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