News in Brief 27 October 2016 (PM)

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A young resident at the so-called Calais ‘jungle’ views the harsh winter landscape of the temporary center, home at times to several thousand persons. Photo: UNHCR/Corentin Fohlen (file photo)

Calais camp conditions "more dangerous than ever": UNICEF

Conditions inside a camp in Calais, France, which until this week was home to hundreds of refugees and migrants, have been described as "more dangerous than ever" for children.

UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, said on Thursday that many children had been forced to sleep out in "exposed and cold" conditions while the camp was on fire.

It was cleared by authorities for demolition a few days ago, but UNICEF said that some of the remaining children had been escorted away by police for not having a registration wrist band.

"The UK and French governments promised to keep children safe" said a statement from UNICEF, adding that many children had been unable to register and get official wristbands, leaving them at the mercy of traffickers and smugglers.

UNICEF called on authorities to "guarantee the protection and best interests of every child" remaining in the now-derelict camp, informally known as the "Jungle".

51 confirmed cases of cholera across Yemen, says WHO

51 cases of the highly-infectious disease cholera have been confirmed in nine different governorates across Yemen, according to The World Health Organization (WHO).

More than 1,180 cases have been reported in total.

The World Food Programme is reporting that Yemen now has one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world, as the 18-month long conflict continues.

Here's UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health has reported six labs-confirmed deaths related to cholera in Sana’a, Aden and Ibb. WHO is estimated that 7.6 million people are living in affected and at risk areas. And there are delays in confirming the suspected cases of cholera since there are only two labs in the country, one in Sana’a and one in Aden.

Food security deteriorating in Mayanmar's Rohingya region

Food security is in danger of deteriorating across Myanmar's northern Rakhine state, following recent violence, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

The area has seen ethnic clashes over the past four years, with many members of the Muslim minority community forced from their homes.

Around 120,000 remain displaced.

Here's Stéphane Dujarric again.

WPF yesterday resumed its regular cash assistance for some 20,000 people in vulnerable households in Buthidaung. It is on stand-by to resume its regular distributions of food for 17,000 pregnant women, nursing mothers and malnourished children in the area.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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