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UN officials: 13 million in Congo need aid in major increase

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Top UN officials say the number of people needing in has increased dramatically in the past year to 13 million, including 7.5 million children.

Henrietta Fore, of the UN children's agency UNICEF, told a conference Monday that 4 million of those children are suffering from acute malnutrition, and over 1.4 million from severe acute malnutrition "which means that they are in imminent risk of death."

UN Mark Lowcock, who just visited with Fore, said the UN is appealing for USD 1.65 billion in this year more than double the USD 700 million plus that it raised last year.

He cited economic stresses, the turbulent political situation surrounding December's elections, violence, displacement, and the Ebola outbreak for the worsening humanitarian situation.

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First Published: Tue, March 26 2019. 06:05 IST