World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Progress in Pakistani Quake Efforts, Funds Short

UN Achieving Progress in Pakistani Quake Relief Efforts But Funds Still Fall Short

New York, Nov 2 2005 5:00PM

A lot of progress is being made on the ground in aiding survivors of Pakistan's worst-ever earthquake despite difficult circumstances, but the United Nations flash appeal has received in pledges and commitments less than a quarter of the $550 million it is seeking, the coordinating office reported today.

Shelter remains the overriding priority, with between 100,000 and 200,000 tents still needed, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. In addition, food aid is required for more than 2 million people. OCHA noted that acute respiratory infection is the most common diagnosis in all health facilities.

It also reported that the UN is enjoying excellent cooperation with the Pakistani Government, which is pulling out all the stops to help as many people as possible.

As of today, the death toll stood at 73,000, the injured numbered 69,000 and 3.2 million to 3.5 million people are estimated to be in need of medical care, with 3.2 million left homeless by the 8 October disaster.

"We need all pledges to the Flash Appeal to be urgently converted into commitments and contributions," OCHA said in its latest update. "Many agencies fear that operations will come to a halt if no additional funding is received in the coming days." As of today, $131 million in pledges and commitments have been made.

"UN agencies have used their own reserves to get things moving; some have borrowed heavily," OCHA added. "We are still hopeful that, in the coming days, donors assign some of the pledges made in Geneva to the appeal, which needs to be done very soon due to the narrow window of opportunity."


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news