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Ahmad lives in the Al-Tah camp for internally displaced people in Idleb Governorate, Syria (April 2020). Credit: OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 21 October 2020

Syria: Update on hostilities, including in the north-west

Hostilities in north-west Syria continue almost daily despite the 5 March ceasefire agreement, while across the country, reports of civilian casualties from the conduct of hostilities continue lớn be reported.

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Despite the reduced airstrikes in the north-west following the ceasefire, increasing numbers of reported improvised explosive device incidents, clashes between non-State armed groups and targeted attacks highlight the high cấp độ of insecurity across Idleb and northern Aleppo.

Humanitarians continue lớn be injured và killed by hostilities. On 15 October, two humanitarians & their driver were injured during an airstrike in their vicinity in the area of Salqin thành phố in Idleb. That followed an incident the day before where one humanitarian was killed & another injured in an attaông xã on their vehicle north of Al Bab, in northern Aleppo.

On 6 October, a bomb blast from a truông xã was reported near a bus station in Al Bab city. Reports indicated that more than a dozen civilians were killed in the attachồng & up to lớn 40 others were injured.

In total across Syria in August & September, OHCHR verified at least 117 incidents in which 108 civilians, including 7 women and 24 children, were killed and at least 172 civilians, including 12 women and 21 children, were injured as a result of the conduct of hostilities. Some 64 per cent of these incidents were due to lớn attributed lớn explosive sầu remnants of war in agricultural lands and lớn targeted killings (including improvised explosive sầu devices).

The United Nations reiterates the điện thoại tư vấn of the Secretary-General for a full country-wide ceasefire and calls on all parties khổng lồ respect their obligations under international humanitarian law & international human rights law to protect civilians & civilian infrastructure.

 

Viet Nam/Cambodia/Thailand/Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Impact of floods

Since the beginning of October in the Lower Mekong Region, prolonged, heavy rains have caused severe and widespread flooding and landslides in several provinces of Viet Nam, Cambodia and parts of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) và Xứ sở nụ cười Thái Lan.

Across the region, at least 132 people have sầu reportedly died & more than 110,000 people have been displaced.

As of 18 October, flood waters in Lao PDR & Vương Quốc Của Những Nụ cười are receding, while the situation in Viet Nam & Cambodia remains challenging & could deteriorate further as Tropical Storm Saudel is forecasted to lớn make landfall on 24–25 October in the same affected provinces, bringing additional heavy rains.

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In Viet Nam, some 7 million people are currently estimated lớn have sầu been exposed to heavy rains and floods, with almost 900,000 people directly affected.

Joint Government-UN-NGO assessment teams are currently in affected areas, & initial feedbaông chồng suggests that the number of affected people may rise as additional information comes through.

Nearly 178,000 houses have sầu been flooded và nearly 113,000 hectares of agricultural lvà have been damaged, according to official data.

The UN và humanitarian partners, in support of the Government-led response efforts, are providing food packages & water purification tabs in the affected areas.

The immediate needs include drinking water, food, household items, support lớn damaged schools, cash khổng lồ restore livelihoods, và hygiene và health assistance to health centres.

The UN Resident Coordinator met with the Vietnamese Prime Minister today to offer tư vấn in areas where the needs are greater. OCHA is working closely with the Resident Coordinator’s office lớn provide advice on response planning, reporting & mapping.

In Cambodia, more than 131,000 houses have sầu been damaged or destroyed và more than 12,200 households have sầu been displaced, as of two days ago. More than 133,000 households have been affected by the floods, and some 319,000 hectares of agricultural land have been inundated, according to official data.

Joint Government-UN assessment teams continue to lớn conduct needs và damage assessments.

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The Cambodian Red Cross và humanitarian partners are providing food, water, emergency shelter, non-food items và emergency cash lớn affected households.


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