Urgent action is required to respond to the "worst disaster in the last 100 years" to strike Haiti, the UN relief chief reported Oct. 27, warning that aid agencies remain far short of the millions they need to help the country recover after four deadly hurricanes this year left 800 people dead and affected another 1 million. Only 40 percent of the USD 107 million flash appeal aimed at assisting the emergency relief effort has been pledged, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told reporters in New York as he urged donors to contribute more humanitarian aid. (UN News Service)

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