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2011-03-15 09:00:00

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross today announced an initial contribution of $10 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society to assist in its ongoing efforts to provide medical care and relief assistance to the people of Japan following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO) "We are grateful for the American public's generosity and compassion following what has been declared one of the...

2006-08-09 01:17:12

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The brutal murder of 17 Sri Lankan aid workers last week highlights the difficulties faced by relief organizations around the world trying to balance helping people with politics. The massacre, which took place in the northeastern town of Mutur after days of fighting between troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, was one of the bloodiest attacks on an aid group in history. "This will change how we operate, who we help and how we do it," said...

2006-03-09 16:39:28

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations' new global emergency fund began work on Thursday with slightly more than half the $500 million dollars its director had hoped for. The first grants from the Central Emergency Fund went to drought-stricken northeastern Africa and western Ivory Coast, where angry mobs recently burned down U.N. aid offices. The dollar amounts of the grants were not given. The fund opened for business with pledges totaling just $256 million from 36 donor...

2006-03-02 19:38:30

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations next week launches a new global emergency fund to provide swifter relief to victims of natural disasters, but with far less money on hand than the $500 million it had hoped to raise. The Central Emergency Response Fund will have just $188 million when it opens for business, which is nonetheless a significant improvement over an existing U.N. standby loan facility of $50 million. Donations to the new fund, which will be able to make...

2006-02-03 03:58:12

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday it needed more than $100 million to keep a fleet of helicopters assisting earthquake recovery operations in northern Pakistan flying for the rest of the year. The plea for funding from the U.N. World Food Programme came as another aftershock rocked the earthquake zone overnight, underscoring the hazards to survivors of the October 8 quake and a major international relief operation. There were no reports of casualties or damage...

2005-12-14 22:29:36

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George Bush will be appointed special U.N. envoy for Pakistan earthquake relief during a visit to the United Nations on Thursday, U.N. officials said. Bush, the father of the current president, had been working with former President Bill Clinton to raise money for victims of last December's Asian tsunami and the U.S. Gulf hurricane disaster. Clinton, a Democrat who defeated Republican Bush in the 1992 presidential election, is the...

2005-11-29 11:50:10

By Peter Apps KINNIYA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Unspent donations given to help victims of the Asian tsunami could be redirected to crises in Africa after rebuilding is complete, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, now a U.N. enoy, said on Tuesday. But visiting communities living amid the ruins of Sri Lanka's east coast ahead of tsunami's one year anniversary, Clinton -- said much still had to be done in areas swamped by the waves before any aid could be passed on. "There are still...

2005-10-26 13:51:44

By Thomas Atkins GENEVA (Reuters) - Half a billion dollars of new aid was pledged to rebuild earthquake-hit Pakistan on Wednesday after a U.N. fund-raising drive, but emergency cash to help survivors through winter snows fell far short of U.N. goals. The U.N. recorded $580 million in new aid pledges by donor governments at an emergency conference held in Geneva designed to whip up support for the millions left without food or shelter in the freezing Himalayas after the October 8...

2005-10-12 09:46:19

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Quake victims in South Asia are going without aid because the global emergency relief system is overstretched, needs better coordination and has less than half of the funds required, a top U.N. official said on Wednesday. U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland called on the world's nations to better prepare for disasters, and appealed to Pakistan and India not to let differences over Kashmir hinder aid distribution. "I readily admit as the...

2005-10-10 12:04:51

LONDON (Reuters) - Donor nations rushed doctors, helicopters, food, tents and sniffer dogs to help the victims of Pakistan's devastating earthquake on Monday as the death toll topped 20,000. Aid agencies said more than 120,000 people, many of them children, were in urgent need of shelter and up to four million could be left homeless by the 7.6 magnitude earthquake which wrecked buildings and villages in Pakistan's northern mountains. The quake, South Asia's strongest for 100 years,...


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