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Former Deputy Minister Lanza joins the joint opposition

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Lanza had said that he had resigned over several reasons.The Deputy Minister extended support to President Maithripala Sirisena in 2015. However as of late he has been critical of the Government and also sought to unite former President Mahinda Rajapaksa with President Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette) United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Gampaha District Parliamentarian and former Deputy Minister Nimal Lanza today joined the joint opposition.Lanza resigned from his post as the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs last week. read more

Six months into battle for Mosul water trauma care are key UN

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. Some 450,000 people are currently displaced and the number continues “to increase rapidly,” the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Iraq said. Humanitarian partners are trucking water to eastern Mosul at a rate of 2.3 million litres every day. Nearly 28 neighbourhoods now have access to clean drinking water in the east.However, “in newly retaken areas of western Mosul city, water trucking has already begun on a small scale, but significant increase in scale is required,” OCHA said.The UN is also working with partners to re-establish a functioning city-wide water network.In addition to water, emergency food and hygiene supplies are being distributed to families close to the front lines. More than 2.1 million people received urgent aid since October.As the fighting rages, ensuring that trauma casualties receive the specialized treatment they need in a timely manner remains a high priority, UN and humanitarian partners have said.Since mid-October, more than 8,100 people have been referred to hospitals in Mosul and surrounding areas. New field hospitals have also been created, one for emergency reproductive and obstetric healthcare.In addition, the UN and its partners are working to house families and provide protection, particularly to women and children.More funding is needed. The 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Iraq requesting $985 million is currently 17 per cent funded, according to OCHA. About $331 million of that is sought for the Mosul operation.VIDEO: Mosul couple come home to ruins. Credit: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) read more

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