Relief funds flowing in at slower pace: UN

25th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Relief funds are flowing in at a slower rate this year than in previous years, a UN spokeswoman said Tuesday, noting that just over a third of the required funding has arrived.

Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said that donors have contributed 3.7 billion dollars so far in 2010, reaching just 36 percent of more than 10 billion dollars required for the year.

However, excluding donations for quake-hit Haiti, funding had reached only 33 percent of requirements.

In comparison, donations reached 37 percent at the same time last year and 51 percent at the same time in 2008.

"Additional contributions are now slowly coming in, but it is important that this trend be accelerated," said Byrs.

"These are a number of appeals with significant funding shortfalls, and these have very serious consequences on field operations," she added.

Among the most under-funded appeals are Yemen, the occupied Palestian territory, Guatemala and West Africa, all of which barely reached a fifth of required funds.

© 2010 AFP

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