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Snow threatens to seal off earthquake victims ... world's largest helicopter flies in supplies

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With imminent heavy snow threatening to cut off remote villages in Pakistan and Kashmir, the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) has deployed an MI-26 - the world's largest helicopter - to fly in relief supplies. The MI-26 can carry 20 metric tones, or ten times as much as the MI-8, the standard UN helicopter used during emergency operations.

But the UNWFP is said to be 90% short of the funds it needs to finance this operation. According to this report from Pakistan Link "WFP has only received US$ 9.8 million of the US$ 100 million it needs to run its Pakistan air operation. The MI-26 alone costs US$11000 per hour to operate."

It is reckoned that four weeks remain before snow hampers these helicopter operations.

This report from ABC News Online puts more detail on the financial problem faced by the relief effort:
United Nations disaster relief coordinator Jan Egeland says the UN has received only a quarter of the funds needed in Pakistan to help victims of last month's earthquake.

Mr Egeland says many countries have failed to understand the scale of the tragedy.

The UN is calling for more than $400 million to pay for tents, warm clothing and stoves to ensure people survive the coming winter.
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David Goldsmith, this is truly awful, and all skiers know what it's like to be cold. Unfortunately just as I was going to send warm clothes I saw people walking all over clothes on the ground of Muzzarabad (spelling?), so I took them to the local charity shop. I wonder how many others did similarly?
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