UN deploys team to assist Congo on arms depot blasts

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has deployed a team to Congo to support the authorities, following Sunday's munitions dump explosions in the capital city of Brazzaville that killed at least 200 people and injured some 1,500 others.

A UN statement made available to PANA in New York Thursday quoted Ms. Catherine Bragg, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, as saying ''this is a sad reminder to us all of the complex challenges that technological disasters pose, in particular in an urban context.

''It is critical that environmental considerations are factored into humanitarian response to ensure we can provide effective relief,'' she said.

Ms. Bragg disclosed that the four-member UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team (UNDAC) is composed of experienced humanitarian and environmental emergency responders, adding that the team will undertake a comprehensive site assessment, which will include sampling and analysis to determine possible exposure.
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08 march 2012 10:25:59

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