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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
United Nations News Service (See also > DPI)
25 July 2007



UN humanitarian chief spotlights impact of drought on southern Africa


24 July 2007 The top United Nations humanitarian official today, highlighting the impact of severe droughts in several southern African countries, stressed that the situation is particularly dire in Swaziland and appealed for over $15 million to assist that country.

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Regarding the occupied Palestinian territory, OCHA still faces problems regarding humanitarian access, despite some success in recent weeks.

Mr. Holmes pointed out that 80 per cent of the companies in Gaza have closed. “This means that the livelihoods of the population are disappearing and, therefore, the likelihood is, if this does not change in the next few weeks and months, that the population of Gaza – one and a half million – will be dependent on humanitarian aid,” he said.


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