Rescue efforts were winding down and emergency
relief getting into full gear in response to the successive natural disasters
that recently hit Asia and the Pacific, John Holmes, Emergency Relief Coordinator,
told correspondents at Headquarters this afternoon.
"It's a very bad time for this region,
with different disasters, not linked to each other, but coming together
in this tragic way," said Mr. Holmes at a press conference organized
to brief correspondents on the $74 million flash appeal for the Philippines,