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Myanmar Cyclone 2008

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Children sit amidst the debris of their destroyed homes southwest of Yangon May 7, 2008. Aid trickled into Myanmar on Wednesday for an estimated one million victims of Cyclone Nargis in military-ruled Myanmar.

In any disaster, it is children who suffer most.

The toll wrecked by Cyclone Nargis as it cut across a vast swathe of Myanmar’s low lying delta region on 2 May 2008, was tragically no different. A reportedly large number of children are dead, missing or orphaned, with many survivors injured and traumatised.

Vulnerable to hunger, disease and trauma, children and their families in the affected areas of Irrawady, Yangon, Bago, Mon and Kaying require urgent lifesaving assistance to survive. Even a simple act of taking a drink of water may place them at risk of getting seriously ill.

The cyclone, considered by far the worst natural disaster to strike the southeast Asian nation of Myanmar in recent history, has wiped away homes, schools and health facilities. It has demolished roads and bridges and powerlines, altering the lives of an estimated one million people. Most displaced populations are living in community structures that are still standing, such as schools, monastic institutions and community shelters.

Since UNICEF has had a permanent presence in Myanmar since 1950, emergency response efforts began immediately, drawing on pre-positioned emergency medical supplies in the country. Unfortunately, these supplies will not be sufficient to meet critical needs that include clean drinking water, shelter materials, water purification tablets, cooking sets, mosquito nets, food, essential drugs, and appropriate sanitation facilities.

From UNICEF’s initial assessment, another US$ 25.57 (RM 80.3) million is ugently required for the next six months to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of children and women who lived through the cyclone and floods, but who now need help to survive.

We appeal for your support to help us meet their needs. Please donate today.

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7 May 2008:
Executive Director Ann M. Veneman discusses UNICEF's priorities in caring for children in cyclone-ravaged Myanmar.
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