Pakistan: UN refugee agency reports first deaths due to cold among quake victims

The first cold-related deaths have been reported among Pakistani earthquake survivors – two children who died of pneumonia and a man of hypothermia – and many more can be expected as temperatures drop below freezing point, especially at higher elevations, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.

UN Goodwill Ambassador Jolie sees urgency of more aid in Pakistan

Touring high-altitude villages in Pakistan, where aid is just arriving for victims of the 8 October earthquake that killed at least 73,000 people, UN Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie saw firsthand the urgency of getting more aid quickly to areas that will soon become inaccessible because of winter.

Pakistan: Angelina Jolie and refugee chief pledge support to quake victims

Victims of the earthquake in Pakistan continue to receive high-level support from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), as its chief, António Guterres, and its Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina Jolie, visit areas worst-hit by the 8 October disaster.

Pakistan: with quake aid aimed at long term, UN experts warn of immediate needs

While warmly welcoming Saturday's international donors' conference for Pakistan's recovery from last month's devastating earthquake, a group of United Nations experts warned today that the vast majority of pledges are earmarked for long-term recovery even as operations remain in the critical rescue and assistance phase.

At Pakistan donor meeting, Annan seeks global solidarity for quake recovery

At an international quake-recovery donor's conference in Pakistan today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a ringing appeal to governments, civil society and the private sector to band together to provide continuing relief and full recovery from the 8 November disaster.

Annan tours worst-hit quake area of Pakistan ahead of donors' conference

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in Pakistan for an international donors' conference that is seeking $5.2 billion for relief and reconstruction after last month's devastating earthquake, today toured the hardest-hit area, declaring that the task at hand is gigantic.

Urging greater generosity, Annan arrives in Pakistan for quake donor conference

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Pakistan today for an international donors’ conference on reconstruction after last month’s devastating earthquake, declaring “we need much, much more to help the people in need” as UN staff on the ground stressed the desperate shortfall in required funding.

Pakistan’s agricultural losses from quake exceed $440 million, UN reports

Direct and indirect losses to crops, livestock and irrigation infrastructure from last month’s earthquake in northern Pakistan total more than $440 million, yet the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has as yet received not one cent of the $25 million it has sought for immediate emergency aid.

Pakistan: from ‘Quake Jumpers’ to relay trucks, UN rushes in relief as snows fall

From Chinook helicopters to four-wheel-drive relay trucks to specialized teams of ‘Quake Jumpers,’ the United Nations is pulling out all the stops to rush in aid to the victims of Pakistan’s devastating earthquake as the winter snow line drops by the day and rain at lower elevations makes life cold and miserable.

Pakistan: UN launches shelter initiative for quake victims at high altitudes

Continuing its relief efforts for the victims of last month's devastating earthquake in Pakistan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched an initiative this week to help 30,000 families in high altitude areas to build locally designed winterized shelters from the rubble of their homes and locally available materials.