CERF Gives $7 million to Republic of Congo Following Arms Depot Explosions
30 April 2012: The Government and humanitarian partners are responding to clear up unexploded ammunition scattered by the arms depot explosions that killed more than 200 people in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, earlier this month.
More than 121,000 people have sought refuge in religious and sports facilities near the blast and an estimated 15,000 internally displaced people (IDP) remain homeless in IDP sites.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided nearly US$7 million to seven UN agencies to provide aid to affected people.
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CERF allocates $4 million in the Republic of the Congo
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided US$4 million to six UN agencies in the Republic of the Congo to support refugees and host communities.
More than 130,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, having fled inter-ethnic hostilities, reside in the Republic of the Congo.
Their presence has posed a strain on the local environment and challenged the livelihoods of the host population of some 124,000 people.
A priority of the two Governments and humanitarian organizations is the voluntary return of refugees to the Republic of Congo, which is set to begin in April 2012.