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REFILE-U.N. approves first emergency aid for Venezuela

Updated: 26-11-2018 23:38 IST
The United Nations emergency fund released $9.2 mln to Venezuela on Monday to fund humanitarian programmes including health and nutritional assistance to women and children, its first allocation in the crisis, a U.N. spokesman said.

The funds, from the U.N.'s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), will support projects to provide nutritional support to children under five, pregnant women and lactating mothers at risk, as well as vulnerable people on the move in border communities, CERF's website said.

The government of President Nicolas Maduro has sought to deflect blame for Venezuela's hyperinflation, major food and medicine shortages and rampant crime, which have led millions to flee the country. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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