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Pakistan: with winter raising disease risk, UN quake appeal faces huge shortfall

With freezing rains speeding up the race against winter and disease among hundreds of thousands of survivors of Pakistan's devastating earthquake, the United Nations has so far received in contributions and commitments less than a fifth of the $550 million it needs to aid up to 3 million people left homeless by the disaster.

Pakistan: UN reports urgent need for female doctors in quake relief

There is an urgent need for female medical staff in earthquake devastated regions of Pakistan to tend to women who traditionally prefer to be treated by other women, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.

Serious diarrhoea outbreaks hit quake survivors' camps in Pakistan, UN reports

Serious outbreaks of acute diarrhoea in areas devastated by Pakistan's earthquake are highlighting the need for scaled up efforts to provide safe water and sanitation in makeshift camps and for more funding for the Government, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today.

Pakistan: UN and partners press on with relief efforts 1 month after earthquake

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.

Millions are homeless in South Asia quake area as winter closes in, UN official says

In the wake of the devastating earthquake in the Himalayan foothills a month ago, some 3 million people are spending their 30th night in the open while relief workers are continuing a "marathon sprint" to save lives as the mercury begins to drop to harsh winter levels, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said today in New York.

UN food agency deploys world’s largest helicopter for Pakistani quake relief

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that an MI-26, the world’s largest helicopter capable of lifting 10 times the previous loads, has started flying relief supplies into areas hit hardest the devastating Pakistani earthquake, but more international funding is still urgently needed.

UN achieving progress in Pakistani quake relief efforts but funds still fall short

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.

Pakistan: UN agencies in overdrive to save quake victims as winter looms

United Nations agencies are working flat out to bring help to hundreds of thousands of survivors of Pakistan’s worst-ever earthquake before the onslaught of the harsh Himalayan winter further impedes access, but major funding shortfalls are hampering the efforts.

Pakistan: lack of funds may force UN agency to ground vital quake aid choppers

Little more than three weeks after Pakistan’s worst-ever earthquake, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) may be forced to ground its relief helicopters, the sole lifeline for hundreds of thousands of survivors cut off by landslides, within the next two weeks due to lack of funds to fly them, the agency warned today.

Three weeks after Pakistani quake, 200,000 victims have yet to receive aid – UN

Three weeks after an earthquake devastated northern Pakistan, some 200,000 people have still not received any assistance at all, the United Nations emergency relief office reported today, underscoring the dire situation in the remote region where tens of thousands could die without urgent aid.