The Tripartite Core Group, comprising the Government of the Union of Myanmar, ASEAN and UN, appealed to the international community to continue supporting recovery efforts.
The three-year Post-Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP) estimated the cost of recovery will be US$ 691 million.
Urgent needs include the shelter and agriculture sectors needed to cover pre-monsoon priority needs, while the planned PONREPP funding and recovery activities await financing for medium-term assistance in these areas.
In addition, almost 800,000 houses were destroyed or damaged by the cyclone and more than a hundred thousand families remain in vulnerable shelter which provides only minimal protection from severe weather conditions.
December 2008's monsoon harvest – which accounts for a large part of the country's annual production – yielded less per hectare because of Nargis, which left many paddy fields badly salinated.
There is also a need to restock small animals, poultry and draught animals, essential to landless households who cannot depend on cultivation.
Other long-term needs include improving access to education particularly for girls, as well as improving the quality of health facilities and food security.
ASEANSec, "Press Release Pressing Need for Recovery Support in the Delta
Yangon, Myanmar" dated 30 March 2009 in the ASEANSec website [downloaded on 2 April 2009], available at http://www.aseansec.org/18thTCGPressRelease.pdf
IRIN UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, "MYANMAR: Farmers lament post-Nargis harvest" dated 7 Jan 2009 in the IRIN website [downloaded on 2 April 2009], available at http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=82236.