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More Cyclone Nargis Funds needed

Updated On: May 05, 2009

Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar on 2 May 2009.

It struck in the night with tidal surges nearly 3.6 m in height some 40 km inland.

The cyclone lasted 2 days.

More than 80 000 people were killed (other estimated put it at 140 000) and widespread destruction were found in its wake.

Most killed were found in the Irrawaddy delta.

Some of the dead were swept away or placed in mass graves.

One reason why so many were killed because they had lived in delicate shacks that were easily swept away.

The anniversary of this disaster was marked in a quiet and low-key manner in Myanmar with prayers.

No official ceremonies were planned.

Relief organization like World Vision had raised US$29 million.

This is to help the over 300 000 victims of the disasters who survived.

Much of the funding went towards infrastructure construction such as new schools and shelters, especially the areas that are most devastated by the storm.

Others help in reconstructing water sources, such as catchment areas as an alternative to ponds and wells that were polluted by salt and debris unleashed by the storm.

World Vision estimates that US$18 million are still needed.

The UN estimates that US$10.2 million is needed for shelter materials before the onset of the monsoon season.

This last leg of its relief program is expected to last till 2011.

Sources:

AFP/AP/Reuters, “Nargis anniversary a low-key affair” dated 3 May 2009 in the Straits Times (Singapore: SPH), 2009, p. 22.

Ong, Cheryl, “Post-cyclone funds needed” dated 2 May 2009 in the Straits Times (Singapore: SPH), 2009, p. C9.







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