UN launches $7 billion appeal for humanitarian work next year

The United Nations today appealed for more than $7.1 billion over the coming year to assist 48 million people across 25 countries whose lives have been wrecked by conflict and natural disasters, with the largest amount – over $1 billion – sought for Sudan.

UN rushes aid to flood victims in El Salvador

The United Nations has sent a disaster assessment team to El Salvador and released a $50,000 cash grant to help the small Central American country recover from torrential rainfall that caused massive flooding and triggered landslides, killing at least 140 people and displacing nearly 14,000 others.

UN’s humanitarian efforts this year face $5 billion shortfall

More than halfway through 2009, United Nations agencies and their humanitarian partners face a nearly $5 billion gap in funding to respond to the most severe crises, with the UN’s top relief official warning today that the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people have been hardest hit by the global recession.

UN humanitarian wing assisting Tajik flood victims

The United Nations is assisting the Government of Tajikistan in meeting humanitarian needs following recent severe floods, which have killed at least 28 people and displaced some 10,000, including by providing over $100,000 to purchase crucial supplies.

9.1 million people internally displaced in Central, East Africa, UN reports

There were 9.1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Central and Eastern Africa region as of December 2008, according to a United Nations report released today, 400,000 less than at the end of June, but because of the fluidity of the situation officials advised against laying too much store on the reduction.