News in Brief 30 March 2015 (AM)

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Helen Manvoi sorts through damaged clothing after Cyclone Pam destroyed the roof of her house in Port vila, Vanuatu. Photo: UNDP

UN warns ‘secondary emergency’ looming in Vanuatu

Two weeks after Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the archipelago warned of a “secondary emergency”.

While touring the island of Tafea, Ms Osnat Lubrani urged a scale-up in efforts to provide the essentials to people in need.

She said the cyclone destroyed more than 90 per cent of crops, leaving a population that heavily relies on agriculture without a source of income and the possibility of long-term food insecurity.

Claims of a case of Ebola in Iraq refuted by WHO and Iraq Ministry of Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health of Iraq have denied a news agency’s claims of a case of Ebola in the country.

On Saturday, “BASNews”, which reports on Iraq’s Kurdistan region, claimed that a case of Ebola had been diagnosed in Abu Ghraib city, south of Baghdad.

After investigating the case, WHO and Iraq’s Health Ministry declared that the statement was incorrect.

Minute of silence for UN Ambassador killed in Somalia

The Human Right Council observed a minute of silence on Monday in memory of Ambassador Yusuf Mohamed Ismail Bari-Bari, the Permanent Representative of Somalia to the UN Office in Geneva.

Ambassador Bari lost his life on Friday as a result of a terrorist attack in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Members of the Council said he was widely respected and admired for his strong leadership and unwavering commitment to human rights.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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