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UN calls for more humanitarian aid in cyclone-hit Myanmar

world Updated: Apr 04, 2009 13:54 IST
UN calls for more humanitarian aid in cyclone-hit Myanmar

Asking for more support for the cyclone-affected communities in Myanmar, a senior United Nations relief official has said the current level of humanitarian assistance to the country is much lower than the actual needs of its people.Addressing a donors meeting in Yangon on Friday, Bishow Parajuli, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, highlighted the urgent needs for the cyclone-affected people in Ayeryarwady Delta, the hardest hit region, as well as other areas of the country.

Parajuli stressed in particular the need for sustainable shelter and agricultural support ahead of the monsoon season.
Last May, Cyclone Nargis battered Myanmar, leaving around 140,000 dead or missing and uprooting 800,000 others.Early- and med-term recovery efforts were outlined in the three-year Post-Nargis Response and Preparedness Plan, which was launched this year by the Tripartite Core Group, comprising Myanmar government, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN, and has a price tag of nearly USD 700 million.

During a visit to Northern Rakhine state earlier this week, Parajuli witnessed acute needs for employment, livelihood, access to education for children and reproductive health and family planning in the region.The UN, along with its partners and the government, is working to scale up its activities in that region, Parajuli said, adding that increased support is crucial to the efforts.