UN seeks $272 mln for quake, toll may exceed Bam
The U.N. inter-agency appeal aims to cover relief needs in the devastated Kashmir region -- including winterised tents, food, blankets, medicines, water purification equipment -- as well as reconstruction of some schools. "The appeal is to cover the immediate life-saving and early recovery needs for only the first six months of the emergency phase," Yvette Stevens, assistant U.N. emergency relief coordinator, told a news conference to launch the flash appeal.
"In terms of reconstruction, we would expect that the needs will be much, much greater," she added.
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