News in Brief 10 October 2016 (AM)

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Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussei. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Human Rights chief condemns "outrageous" Yemen funeral attack

"Outrageous attacks" in Yemen, such as airstrikes that killed at least 140 mourners at a funeral this weekend, cannot be allowed to continue, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday reiterated his call for an independent international inquiry into alleged violations of international humanitarian law in the country.

He said this latest incident, which took place in the capital, Sana'a, on Saturday, came just weeks after the UN Human Rights Council dismissed his call to create the investigative body for the second consecutive year.

Zeid pointed out that weddings, marketplaces, hospitals and schools have also been hit in the conflict between Government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and Houthi rebels.

More than 4,000 civilians have been killed in Yemen since fighting escalated in March 2015.

The human rights chief said casualty figures have "risen dramatically" since the collapse of a cessation of hostilities agreement in August.

In September, 379 people were killed and injured, while he said the figure stands at 369 for the first 10 days of October.

Campaign seeks to address depression

It's estimated that some 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The agency has launched a year-long campaign called 'Depression: Let's Talk' this Monday, World Mental Health Day.

The goal is to encourage more people with the illness to seek help.

Depression is characterized by persistent sadness and loss of interest in activities that previously were enjoyable, together with inability to carry out daily activities for at least two weeks.

WHO explained that it can happen to anyone and is not a sign of weakness.

The agency said depression can be treated through talking therapies or use of antidepressant medication, or a combination of both.

App strengthens disaster preparedness in Kyrgyzstan 

A new app will support disaster preparedness efforts in Kyrgyzstan where frequent mudflows, floods and other natural disasters affect access to food, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

The app systemizes data collection and analysis to allow for real-time management of operations related to preparedness and response.

It was developed by WFP and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development.

By using the app, Kyrgyzstan's Ministry of Emergency Situations will be able to transmit information from field locations to the country's Crisis Management Centre.

The Centre has also been provided with technical support and equipment, such as a high-capacity server, smartphones and other tools.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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