News in Brief 20 September 2016 (PM)

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UN peacekeepers in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: MONUSCO/Myriam Asmani

Concern over latest unrest in DRC

Political leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and their followers have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to refrain from further violence.

Ban Ki-moon's appeal was made in the wake of unrest in the capital, Kinshasa, and in other parts of the country.

Clashes between demonstrators and police forces on Monday led to the deaths of 17 people, including three police officers, as well as scores of injuries.

The headquarters of several opposition parties were also attacked and set on fire.

The violence reportedly continued on Tuesday morning, resulting in at least two more deaths.

The UN Human Rights Office has also said that it will continue to monitor the situation.

This latest round of violence highlights the "urgent need" for a meaningful and inclusive dialogue on the electoral process, it said in statement.

Rupert Colville is spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office, which is based in Geneva.

"We have received reports of excessive use of force by some elements of the security forces as well as reports that some demonstrators resorted to violence. We call on all sides to show restraint and urge the authorities to ensure that existing national and international standards on the appropriate use of force are fully respected by all security personnel."

Five million Somalis going hungry

Five million people in Somalia, or more than 40 per cent of the population, do not have enough food to eat.

Among those struggling to find sufficient food each day are 300,000 children under five years old who are acutely malnourished.

The findings were provided by the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA.

The latest figures represent an increase of 300,000 people since the last review in February.

OCHA says aid partners are committed to continuing the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Somalia to both save lives and strengthen resilience.

However, the agency says resources are "urgently required" for ongoing efforts to address malnutrition and access to food.

Appeal to help flood victims in DPRK

Humanitarians are appealing for US$28 million to assist people affected by deadly flooding in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The funding will go towards lifesaving activities in areas such as shelter, food and agriculture, health and sanitation, and hygiene.

UN agencies and their partners report that at least 140,000 people are in need of immediate assistance following the flooding, which hit the northeast of the country earlier this month.

The disaster resulted in138 deaths while 400 people are still missing.

Some 30,000 homes and more than 16,000 other buildings, including schools and health clinics, also were damaged.

The humanitarian community in the DPRK, which is also known as North Korea, aims to reach 600,000 people in the most affected areas over the next six months.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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