Pakistan UN and Government request additional funding for postflood recovery

21 February 2012The United Nations and the Pakistani Government today jointly requested $440 million to help people affected by last year’s floods in the south of the country recover their sources of livelihood, including agriculture, restore basic social services, and repair damaged infrastructure. More than five million people, according to UN figures, were affected by the floods that affected much of the country and hit the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan the hardest.“The Floods Early Recovery Framework is a collaborative effort of the Government, the UN and civil society to bridge relief to recovery,” said Timo Pakkala, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan, at the launch of the recovery plan in the capital, Islamabad.“It is critical that the international community support this effort to make communities safer, more resilient, and better prepared in the event of possible future flooding and other disasters.”During the early recovery phase, the Government and the UN and partners will also support communities through planning and exploring solutions to reduce the impact the floods by implementing measures to boost resilience and disaster preparedness.“We highly appreciate the unflinching support and assistance provided by the international community to the people of Pakistan, during these testing times,” said Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Planning and Development.An initial rapid response plan for the 2011 floods launched in September is currently funded at 47 per cent, having received $168 million of the $356 million requested for humanitarian and early recovery needs until March this year.The Government, the UN and partners have supplied food to more than three million people and provided emergency shelter to an estimated 450,000 households. More than 1.2 million people have received clean drinking water, while 1.35 million others have been assisted with essential medicines and emergency health care.Further funding is critical, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), with many people still at risk, particularly when they return to their villages and need assistance to rebuild their lives. read more

Deadly great white sharks and oceanic whitetips to arrive in British waters

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A new study, carried out by Dr Ken Collins, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southampton and a former member of the UK Shark Tagging Programme, found that rising sea temperatures will encourage exotic predators which have previously avoided our icy shores. At the end of June, a Great White was sighted near the island of Majorca… Dangerous sharks including great whites and oceanic white-tips could be swimming off the beaches of Cornwall within the next 30 years, according to experts. At least ten new species are predicted to become regular visitors to Britain’s waters by 2050, including Black Tips, Sand tigers and Hammerheads, which are currently found in the coasts of Spain and Portugal. read more