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320,000 refugees urgently need £18.3m for UN food rations

More than 300,000 refugees in Tanzania face a cut in UN food rations due to lack of funding.

The UN World Food Programme urgently needs 23.6 million dollars (£18.3 million) to meet the food and nutritional needs of 320,000 refugees in the north-west through December.

And more cuts for the affected refugees, mainly Burundian and Congolese, will be necessary unless donors respond immediately, said the World Health Organisation.

Rations which were reduced for the August distribution reached just 62% of the recommended daily intake of 2,100 kilocalories.

The UN has also urged the international community to help more than two million South Sudanese refugees sheltering in neighbouring countries.

AP

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