Tuesday, October 11, 2005

UN seeks $272 mln for quake, toll may exceed Bam

GENEVA, Oct 11 (Reuters) - The United Nations appealed on Tuesday for $272 million for quake survivors in northern Pakistan where, aid officials said, the death toll could hit 40,000, exceeding that in the Iranian city of Bam two years ago.

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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