Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

UN calls for 107 million dollars in aid for storm-struck Haiti

by Staff Writers
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 10, 2008
The United Nations has called for some 107 million dollars in humanitarian aid to help Haiti recover from four major storms in less than four weeks, a top UN official said here Wednesday.

UN emergency relief coordinator John Holmes made the appeal along with Latin American countries, after the first regional meeting on international humanitarian assistance mechanisms in Mexico City.

"The Latin American nations made an appeal to collect around 107 million dollars as humanitarian aid for the next six months," said Holmes, also undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs.

More than 600 people died in Haiti, which in the past month was hit by four massive storms, including two hurricanes, which unleashed widespread flooding and devastation in the impoverished nation.

Holmes underscored that some 800,000 people, or 10 percent of the population, had been affected, with many lacking food and shelter.

Three million dollars in aid would also be destined for Cuba, where four died and two of the powerful storms left a trail of destruction in quick succession, Holmes said.

He added that Cuba had not requested the aid, but would have to accept it.

The UN call came as international offers grew toward Caribbean nations, including a pledge of 10 million dollars from the United States to Haiti.

Hurricane Ike, which soaked Haiti and hit Cuba twice, strengthened to a powerful category two storm Wednesday as it churned through the Gulf of Mexico toward the US state of Texas.

President George W. Bush declared an emergency in Texas and state authorities began ordering evacuations from coastal areas.

Mexican authorities meanwhile declared a yellow alert -- the first of three levels of danger -- in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, bordering Texas.

Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Nearly 200 officials punished over China quake relief: state media
Beijing (AFP) Sept 10, 2008
China has received thousands of complaints over misconduct among officials involved in Sichuan earthquake relief work, resulting in the punishment of nearly 200 cadres, state press said Wednesday.

  • No hope for 'several hundred' missing in China landslide: official
  • UN calls for 107 million dollars in aid for storm-struck Haiti
  • Nearly 200 officials punished over China quake relief: state media
  • Cuba reels from battering by two storms

  • Thawing Permafrost Holds Vast Carbon Pool
  • Scientists promote 'global cooling' plan
  • Petascale Climate Modeling Heats Up At University Of Miami
  • Global Sea-Rise Levels By 2100 May Be Lower Than Some Predict

  • Report Explores Use Of Earth Data To Support National Priorities
  • GMES Under The Spotlight In France
  • China launches environmental satellites
  • European science satellite launch is delayed

  • Alliance For A Safe Alternative Fuels Environment
  • Startech Environmental Hydrogen Fueled Electricity Powered Up At Tech Center
  • Global 8 Environmental Technologies Announces Major Wind Project In China
  • Oil prices up in Asia on hurricane fears

  • Toll rises to 121 in Uganda hepatitis epidemic
  • Sharp unveils new anti-bird flu air purifier
  • HIV-positive Swazi women march against royals' shopping binge
  • Matsushita says new DNA technology identifies disease risks

  • What Came First: Viruses Or Cells
  • New Research Challenges Long-Held Assumptions Of Flightless Bird Evolution
  • Biocontrol Insect Exacerbates Invasive Weed
  • DNA Shows That Last Woolly Mammoths Had North American Roots

  • Solution Found For World's Worst Mass Poisoning Case
  • Chemists Identify Sources Of Mexico City's Smokey Air
  • EPA completes river cleanup
  • Heavy Metal Linked To Poor Growth And Fertility In Sydney Harbor Crustaceans

  • Racial lung cancer models aid predictions
  • Melting Swiss glacier yields Neolithic trove, climate secrets
  • Study reveals Australia suffering from 'man drought'
  • Chewing gum may reduce stress

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement