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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2005, 04:14 GMT 05:14 UK
UK public quake aid reaches 25m
Man crosses a river at a camp near Balakot in Pakistan
Care International says tents are the greatest need
Donations from the UK public to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Asia Quake Appeal have topped 25m.

But the DEC says this is still not enough and has urged the UN to fully finance the huge aid effort.

The charity's call comes as a UN international donors conference in Geneva will discuss the relief operation in affected countries.

The DEC wants the public to continue pledging money to help the estimated three million people left homeless.

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Chief executive Brendan Gormley said: "Once again, people across the UK are leading the way through their generosity online, by the emergency phone lines and by post.

"We need them to continue to give, as more money is desperately needed."

Meanwhile, UK-based charity Oxfam has criticised some of the world's richest countries over their lack of financial support for a UN appeal.

It said the governments of Japan, Germany, the US and Italy had all given less than one-fifth of their "fair share" to the emergency fund.

And seven - Belgium, France, Austria, Finland, Greece, Portugal and Spain - had given nothing at all, it said.

The logistical nightmare in Pakistan is bad enough without having to worry about funding shortfalls as well
Phil Bloomer
Oxfam policy director

The UN estimates that although 300,000 tents have been already sent, or are on their way, to the region, 1.5 million people are still facing a winter without shelter.

Madhuri Dass, communications manger of Care International, one of 13 DEC member agencies, said: "We need winterised tents, warm clothes and blankets because of the changing weather.

"But the greatest need is tents, tents and more tents."

Pakistan estimates the quake killed more than 53,000 people, most of them in the portion of Kashmir it administers.

Some 1,400 people died in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials say.


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