Only US$ 717mn materialises in Geneva out of nearly US$ 4 bn worth of promises for tsunami victims.

Only US$ 717mn materialises in Geneva on Tuesday out of the nearly US$ 4 bn worth of promises made on behalf of tsunami victims. Only US$ 717mn materialises in Geneva on Tuesday out of the nearly US$ 4 bn worth of promises made on behalf of tsunami victims. “The UN already had concrete commitments today from donors for US$ 717 mn out of the US $977 mn appeal,” said a United Nations(UN) news announcement on Tuesday.

“I expect from hearing the very generous pledges additionally that we will have 100 per cent coverage of this emergency appeal,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland said.

But already scepticism is rife about how much of the promises made by the international community will ever come into tsunami ravaged countries in the form of hard cash or material.

In Sri Lanka the government put pledges at over US$ 1 bn, but donors say very little has so far been disbursed.

Pledges so far, for overall tsunami relief, are put at between US $3 bn and US $4 bn and UN officials are begging donors to keep their promises.

“Mr. Egeland appealed to donors to deliver all the money they have pledged, aware tha