News in Brief 4 November 2016 (PM)

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South Sudanese refugees are crossing by foot the Kibali Bridge in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UNHCR partially rehabilitated the bridge which was in a state of disrepair in order to make possible the relocation. Photo: UNHCR/Gloria Ramazani

Thousands fleeing South Sudan each day: UNHCR

Ongoing conflict in South Sudan forced an average of 3,500 people a day to flee to neighbouring countries last month, according to data from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

UNHCR and its partners in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Sudan, have been racing to support the influx.

The majority of the displaced headed for Uganda, which has seen around 2,400 new arrivals every day since the start of October.

The country has taken in more than a quarter of a million South Sudanese since violence erupted in the capital, Juba, in July.

Most are from the country's Equatoria regions and report being harassed by armed groups who kill and torture those suspected of supporting opposing factions.

Brazil communities still affected by mine disaster

One year after a deadly dam collapse in south-eastern Brazil, communities continue to face unresolved issues such as access to safe drinking water, river pollution and displacement.

That's according to four international human rights experts, commenting on the Fundão tailing dam catastrophe in the landlocked state of Minas Gerais.

Nineteen people died in the disaster and the UN experts said many of the six million people affected by it are still suffering.

They have urged the Brazilian government and the companies involved to address the ongoing impacts, including health problems and the risk of further water contamination.

Resettlement of people forced from their homes also is "far from complete," they added.

Colombia ceasefire monitoring begins

Verification and monitoring of a ceasefire and cessation of hostilities in Colombia begins this Monday, the United Nations has reported.

It will be carried out by a mechanism which includes the UN mission in the country.

The other members are the Government and the rebel group, FARC, which signed a peace deal in September that ended more than five decades of conflict in the South American country.

Commitment to maintaining the ceasefire is a boost for the peace process, according to the head of the UN international observers that will monitor it.

General Javier Pérez Aquino also thanked countries from Latin American and the Caribbean, as well as Norway, for providing personnel.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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