A family in Le Thuy, Quang Binh, Vietnam, affected by Typhoon Molave. Credit: UNICEF Vietnam/Truong Viet Hung
Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 29 October 2020
Somalia: Killing of two humanitarian workers
The UN has strongly condemned the murder of two Somali humanitarian workers, who were killed two days ago in the capital, Mogadishu, by suspected Al-Shabaab terrorists.
The humanitarian workers were involved with an ongoing polio vaccination campaign, organized by UNICEF, WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health.
“The deaths of these two health workers are a gross violation of international humanitarian law. As humanitarians, they were on the frontline trying to contain a polio outbreak. It is abhorrent they were killed while trying to help others,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Adam Abdelmoula.
This incident comes at a time when 23 children have been infected with polio in Somalia. In the country’s south and central regions, humanitarian workers have been working to reach 1.65 million children with oral polio vaccines, including nearly half a million children in Mogadishu.
Security remains a major constraint to humanitarian operations in Somalia. This year, 191 incidents against humanitarian operations have been recorded, in which 13 humanitarian workers were killed, 12 injured, 24 abducted and 14 detained or temporarily arrested.
Vietnam: Impact of Typhoon Molave
Typhoon Molave made landfall yesterday between Quang Ngai and Quang Nam provinces in the central region of Vietnam, reportedly killing 15 people, with 40 people still missing.
More than 374,000 people have been evacuated and millions have been left without electricity, while 56,000 houses have reportedly been damaged. The army has been mobilized for search-and-rescue missions.
An estimated 7.7 million people in central Vietnam are affected by flooding caused by multiple storms since 6 October, including an estimated 177,000 vulnerable people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
In support of the Government-led response efforts, the UN and humanitarian partners have distributed home repair kits, kitchen sets, household and relief kits, food, water purification packets and cash assistance to affected populations.
The UN country team is developing a Response Plan based on needs assessment, and supporting with information management, reporting and resource mobilization.