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Cyclone survivors fear food aid is set to end soon


Cyclone survivors in Laputta Township in the Irrawaddy delta are struggling with a recent reduction in food distributed by the World Food Program (WFP) and are worried that international food aid will soon dry up altogether, according to sources in Laputta.

Some sources in the area said that the WFP will stop delivering food by the end of October, as relief efforts shift to reconstruction projects in the cyclone-affected region.

Aye Kyu, a resident of Laputta, said that many cyclone survivors are turning to other local people to supplement their meager supply of food, while some are making ends meet by catching fish and crabs and growing vegetables. They are all worried about what will happen if the WFP stops distributing staple foods such as rice, oil and beans, he said.

“If the WFP stop its food distribution, cyclone survivors will definitely be in trouble,” said Aye Kyu.

He also said that cyclone survivors are now facing difficulty in finding drinking water, as there has been no rain for the past ten days. As Burma’s rainy season comes to a close in the coming weeks, the lack of drinkable water is likely to become an even more severe problem.

Paul Risley, a spokesperson for the WFP, confirmed that his organization has reduced its distribution of food, but was unable to verify reports that it was planning to stop providing food relief at the end of October.

“I don’t have any specific information on that right now,” said Risely. “At present, we are continuing distribution.”

Meanwhile, another resident of Laputta said that local donors—another important source of aid—have stopped visiting refugees living on the outskirts of town because of restrictions imposed by the Burmese authorities.

“The authorities ask every visitor to report about their visit,” she said. “They check every visitor.”

A relief worker in Bogalay Township also reported that the WFP is reducing food deliveries to cyclone survivors in the area, as local authorities oversee a shift to reconstruction work.

He added that residents of Shwe Pyi Aye, a village in Bogalay, are now being forced by the authorities to work on reconstruction projects every day. He claimed that people who refuse to work are fined 2,000 kyat (US $1.70).

Laputta and Bogalay were among the areas most severely affected by Cyclone Nargis when it struck on May 2-3. According to official Burmese estimates, the cyclone left around 140,000 people dead or missing.

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UNICEF: Nearly 700,000 children still in need of assistance in post cyclone Myanmar

YANGON, GENEVA, 25 July 2008 – Close to three months after Cyclone Nargis slammed into Myanmar, nearly 700,000 children under the age of 17 are still in need of longer term assistance, says UNICEF. An estimated 2.4 million people were affected by the cyclone which destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes, schools and health centres.

‘While we have seen a gradual improvement in the situation of children and have managed to avoid major disease outbreaks, we need to sustain our efforts so children and their families can make a complete recovery from the devastation wreaked by Cyclone Nargis,’ said Ramesh Shrestha UNICEF Representative in Myanmar.

UNICEF’s emergency operation in Myanmar has concentrated on immunization, education and reuniting separated children with their families. It has distributed education supplies such as ‘schools-in-a-box’, essential learning packages and recreational kits to children in the affected areas and set up temporary learning spaces when schools have been completely destroyed. UNICEF has so far registered 616 separated children and has set up a family tracing and interim community care system.

A recent UN/ASEAN report revealed the immense damage inflicted by Cyclone Nargis. Major findings include 700,000 homes, 75 per cent of health facilities, over 4,000 schools damaged or destroyed in the affected areas. In addition, the cyclone struck a severe blow to people’s livelihoods by flooding 600,000 hectares of agricultural land, killing up to 50 per cent of livestock in the affected areas, and destroying fishing boats, food stocks and agricultural implements. According to the report, the damages and losses amount to $4 billion.

In a recent appeal, UNICEF requested $90.7 million for its humanitarian operation until April 2009.

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Sheih on Sheih: Of Myanmar and Abdullah

About 40 years ago, Lew Kuan Yew’s word spread by radio around the world and this is roughly what he said, “I will develop Singapore like Rangoon”. My guide in Yangon, Mr. Auw (real name withheld for security reason) shared with me what his father told him about once the most beautiful city in Asia.

Mr. Auw also share with me the statement made by his 12 year-old kid recently, “General Aung San must be making a grave decision for fighting the independent from British for Myanmar”.

When he quizzed the child for making such statement, the child said this, “We are far better off under British, look at all those old colonial building and roads, the infrastructure, look at what we achieve today, we achieved nothing and life is so bad under our own ruler”.

Mr. Auw was left speechless yet he has to agree with his kid. “Our developments were far more systematic during the colonial time, but now, everything is in total disarray”.

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A very good journey reporting for Nargis Cyclone by a Malaysian.  Kijang Care was recently formed and had a lot to be implemented in their long-way-to-go in humanitarian activities.  Good luck Bro!

Shahrul Peshawar, Kg. Baru

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MERCY’s FUNDS for Cyclone Nargis & Sichuan E-quake

Total Donations Received for Cyclone Nargis: RM 4,016,427.39 as per 18 June 2008

Collection from:

*       Office: RM 1,215,778.15

*       Maybank2u: RM 319,013.87

*       The Star : RM 2,481,635.37

Total: RM 4,016,427.39

Total Donations Received for Sichuan Earthquake: RM 472,750.46

Collection from:

*       Office: RM 472,750.46

Total: RM 472,750.46

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you can visit Mercy website under Agensi Bantuan Kemanusiaan Tempatan category on right side of the screen.

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