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

 


Pakistan: UN & Partners Press On Relief Efforts


PAKISTAN: UN AND PARTNERS PRESS ON WITH RELIEF EFFORTS 1 MONTH AFTER EARTHQUAKE

New York, Nov 8 2005 5:00PM

Stepping up relief to the victims of Pakistan's devastating earthquake, the United Nations and the inter-governmental International Organization for Migration (IOM) now have 300 staff in the disaster area, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Giving a balance sheet of operations in the first month since the 8 October disaster, OCHA cited on the health front the prevention of epidemic outbreaks of major communicable diseases as a big achievement, with 300,000 children vaccinated against measles so far.

Among other recent achievements, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has helped fix the Muzaffarabad water supply system, which serves more than 200,000 people and is now 90 per cent restored. UNICEF has also provided more than 1 million packets of chlorine to rural populations, while the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has donated more than 8,300 tons of high-energy biscuits.

On education, UNICEF has delivered 300 'school-in-a-box' kits and worked with partners to establish 36 tent schools.

Bearing in mind the lack of funding for the flash appeal – with only $133 million of the $550 million sought so far contributed or pledged – the UN and its partners have decided to target up to 200,000 people living in high altitude valleys above the snowline who may become inaccessible within the next four weeks, as well as an estimated 150,000 people who may choose to move down to the lower valleys.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that it would be providing half a million blankets and over 20,000 family tents from its global stocks, but the Pakistani Government says more than 241,000 tents are needed together with 3.8 million blankets – or two per head.

"We are continuing to look for additional sources of supplies, but our efforts are still hobbled by a lack of funds," agency spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva.

Meanwhile, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) warned that with some 17,000 quake-affected women expected to give birth in the next two months, 1,200 will face major complications and about 400 require surgical assistance.

To help local authorities address this situation, UNFPA is providing clean delivery kits, caesarean section kits, emergency supplies and much-needed surgical equipment to health centres and referral facilities.

2005-11-08 00:00:00.000


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news