UN refugee agency gives beds donated by actor Brad Pitt to Islamabad hospital

The United Nations refugee agency today handed over the first of 40 orthopaedic beds donated by actor Brad Pitt to help speed the healing of earthquake victims recovering at an Islamabad hospital.

As mercury plunges in Pakistan, UN refugee agency boosts aid to quake survivors

With temperatures in mountain villages plunging to minus 10 degrees Celsius at night, the United Nations refugee agency is boosting its winterization campaign with a new round of aid distribution in camps for survivors of Pakistan’s devastating October earthquake, which left up to 3 million people homeless.

Annan appoints former US President George H.W. Bush as envoy for quake recovery

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed former United States President George Herbert Walker Bush as his Special Envoy for the South Asian Earthquake Disaster, representing the UN system in the national and international response to the destruction of 8 October.

Pakistan: UN quake appeal only 40 per cent funded, 2.4 million blankets needed

More than nine weeks after a devastating earthquake in Pakistan killed more than 70,000 people, injured 70,000 more and left up to 3 million people homeless, the United Nations relief appeal faces a shortfall of some 60 per cent, with a new survey showing an urgent need for 2.4 million blankets as the harsh winter sets in.

Pakistan: UN agency braced for health crisis in quake region as winter hits

As the temperature drops in the mountainous regions affected by the 8 October earthquake, the head of the United Nations health agency has arrived in Pakistan, warning that the cold and the cramped living conditions is leading to an increase in the risk of hypothermia and respiratory infections.

Pakistan: UN intensifies measles vaccination efforts in quake-stricken areas

As the harsh Himalayan winter closes in on quake-stricken Pakistan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is intensifying its ongoing battle against measles outbreaks as well as fighting plummeting temperatures.

Pakistan: with snows coming, UN on standby for large influx of quake survivors

With heavy snow forecast in northern Pakistan by the end of this week, the United Nations refugee agency is standing by for a possible exodus of up to 230,000 earthquake survivors from higher elevations and needs over $5 million more to funding its operations through the harsh Himalayan winter.

Pakistan: UN food agency to feed 1.3 million quake survivors through winter

The United Nations World Food programme (WFP) can guarantee winter food supplies for hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in remote high-altitude villages in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, but continuing donor support is vital for one of the most challenging logistical operations the agency has ever faced.

Pakistan: with winter closing in, UN sets out quake relief priorities for December

With the harsh Himalayan winter fast approaching, the United Nations emergency office today laid out December's priorities for bringing relief to the survivors of Pakistan's devastating earthquake, including continued assistance for up to 380,000 people who choose to remain in their homes in remote locations.

Pakistan: threat of additional deaths among quake victims more acute, UN reports

The threat of a wave of additional deaths among earthquake survivors in northern Pakistan is becoming more acute with each passing day as families continue to arrive in relief shelters, fleeing the sudden advance of winter, according to the latest report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).