Rich nations failing to contribute to emergency disasters – Andrew Mitchell

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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 UN's disaster response funding system is expected to be left severely underfunded despite a wave of large-scale disasters over the last year, including famine in the Horn of Africa, Japan's tsunami, New Zealand earthquake and floods in Pakistan and the Philippines.

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