Monday, January 2, 2012

'World Unprepared For Future Disasters'

Rich countries are failing to contribute to an international emergency fund leaving the world "dangerously unprepared" for future disasters, the International Development Secretary has warned.

Andrew Mitchell said the United Nations' disaster response funding system is expected to be left severely underfunded.

Mr Mitchell's warning comes after a wave of large-scale disasters over the last year, including famine in the Horn of Africa, the Japan tsunami, the New Zealand earthquake and floods in Pakistan and the Philippines.

Growing numbers of people living in vulnerable areas means the number of those affected by major tragedies is expected to increase in future, he added. Read More