Some 700,000 Angolans remain dependent on aid to survive, more than three years after the country's civil war ended.Poor roads and land mines left over from the war have hampered efforts to get farm tools and seeds to rural areas, officials on the Humanitarian Coordination Group said in a report.
The group, which includes Angolan government officials, U.N. agencies and non-governmental organizations, meets several times a year.
The head of the national demining project, Balbina da Silva, estimated there were still between 6 and 8 million land mines in the southwest African country, the AP reports.
The humanitarian situation has improved since the government and UNITA rebel group ended their two-decade conflict in 2002, the report said. Then, 4 million people required emergency aid. A.M.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building