Côte dIvoire shantytowns continue to be bulldozed UN says

Although the demolition of shantytowns near military complexes is being carried out for security reasons following a coup attempt last month, the area hit yesterday is at least two kilometres from the nearest military installation, OCHA said. Meanwhile, people displaced by the recent fighting continue to arrive in Abidjan, although exact numbers are not yet available, OCHA said, warning of an imminent risk of epidemics due to population movement. Health organizations are considering planning immunization days nationwide, with security for the teams becoming a main concern. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are making their way with immediate assistance to Bouaké and Yamoussoukro, as well as to transit centres in Abidjan.

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