UN seeks $71 million for Kyrgyz refugees

June 19, 2010 02:42

UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appealing for $71 million to help hundreds of thousands of people affected by ethnic unrest in Kyrgyzstan.

Ban told reporters that an estimated 300,000 people have been displaced by the fighting in southern Kyrgyzstan and up to 100,000 have fled across the border to Uzbekistan. He said tens of thousands more are waiting to cross the border.

The UN chief said there are shortages of food, water and electricity due to looting, a lack of supplies and restrictions on movement.

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