News in Brief 28 November 2016 (PM)

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Flooding in DPR Korea, caused by Typhoon Lionrock, has displaced thousands of people and destroyed homes, buildings and other critical infrastructure in the north-east of the country. UN Photo/Marina Throne-Holst

Progress and challenges in northern DPRK following flood

Nearly 12,000 families in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have been resettled in new homes three months after deadly floods hit the north of the country, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) has reported.

International humanitarian agencies have conducted a joint mission with the Government to view some of the worst-affected areas in North Hamgyong province.

UN Resident Coordinator Tapan Mishra described the rehousing of the displaced people and the repairing and rebuilding of hospitals, clinics and schools as "inspiring."

However, he said additional support is still needed as the flood waters affected more than 27,000 hectares of agricultural land.

Kitchen gardens were destroyed and livestock were killed, he added.

Mr Mishra said water networks also remain partially broken, while essential medicines and food remain "a pressing need" to prevent malnutrition and disease.

Condemnation for deadly armed group attack in eastern DRC

At least 21 civilians were killed on Sunday in an attack against internally displaced people in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo; an incident which the UN mission in the country, MONUSCO, has condemned.

MONUSCO reported that roughly 50 combatants from an armed group known as Mayi-Mayi Mazembe attacked over 1,000 families of Hutu origin in Luhanga, located in North Kivu province.

UN peacekeepers who were nearby immediately engaged the armed group, repelling the attack.

Stéphane Dujarric is spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

"UN troops assisted the wounded and evacuated 15 injured to a hospital in Goma. MONUSCO has also deployed reinforcements to the area, as well as a fact-finding team, in close coordination with the Congolese army."

Iraqi police trained in IED clearance

Twelve Iraqi police officers have completed a four-week training course on how to clear mines and other explosive hazards, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has reported.

The Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) Defeat course has provided them with the knowledge to deal with these threats in areas of the country that have been retaken from extremists, allowing displaced families to return home and for reconstruction to take place.

The course, which was held in Baghdad, was funded by the European Union (EU).

The EU is one of the largest donors to UNMAS's Iraq Programme, providing more than 6.2 million euros for its activities there.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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