Just over 10 percent of a UN appeal to help 800,000 of the most vulnerable people in Kyrgyzstan, which is in need of back-up power supplies and food, has been funded, the world body's humanitarian office announced Jan. 23. In spite of the government's best efforts and a relatively mild winter, power cuts and food insecurity continue, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Last month, the UN and its aid partners launched a USD 21 million Flash Appeal to feed nearly 600,000 people and provide shelter for more than 210,000 people. (UN News Service)

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