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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Burundi, Ukraine

22 Jul 2022

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Women preparing beans at Kigaramango IDP camp. Photo credit: Camille Marquis

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –   22 July 2022

Burundi

On Burundi, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, has allocated $1 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to help 340,000 people in areas affected by Rift Valley fever. These funds will go towards project focused on controlling the spread of the disease and on ensuring food security.

Rift Valley fever primarily affects livestock, a large component of the economy which accounts for 14 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product. The loss of cattle for farmers could lead to people losing assets and sources of income, pushing entire families into deeper poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition.

This year’s Humanitarian Response Plan is only 5.1 per cent funded, with $9 million mobilized out of the $182 million required to assist 957,000 people who urgently need help. Roughly half of the people we hope to reach live in areas where Rift Valley fever is prevalent.

Ukraine

From Ukraine, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that as the war enters its sixth month this Sunday, fighting on the ground remains concentrated in the eastern Donetska oblast. However, air attacks are continuing to impact civilians elsewhere, with the city of Mykolaiv in southern Mykolaivska oblast coming under daily attacks. 

Our humanitarian partners confirmed that a large warehouse of humanitarian aid supplies was severely damaged in a missile strike yesterday. The warehouse was storing at least 100 tons of food supplies. Meanwhile, living conditions for all Ukrainians have continued to deteriorate.

Over half a million people remain without gas and electricity due to damage to critical infrastructure, especially in the east. People in Mariupol continue to lack access to safe drinking water.

And prices of food and basic goods in non-Government-controlled areas of Luhanska oblast are reported to be on the rise. On the response front, we have reached 11 million people with some kind of assistance as of 20 July.

More good news is that the OCHA-managed Humanitarian Fund allocated US$25 million earlier this week. These funds will support Ukrainians living in damaged homes, and those with limited access to gas and water supplies.

We have also so far received over 90 per cent, or $2 billion, of the funds required under the current six-month Appeal. We thank all our donors, including the UN member states, private individuals and businesses, for their trust and for supporting our life-saving work.