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Cyclone Nargis Press Room

The “Cyclone Nargis” Press Room is a dedicated site to keep track of UNICEF’s response in Myanmar through press releases and video stories.

For more information or to organise interviews, please contact UNICEF's communications team. 

News stories

Malaysian company rallies support for Nargis survivors, three months on
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 August 2008 – More than three months have passed since the tragedy of Cyclone Nargis, and for many, the disaster is but a distant memory. A Malaysian company however has not forgotten, insistent that now is the time to act.

Humanitarian agencies seek $303.6 million for Myanmar cyclone survivors
NEW YORK, 10 July 2008 - An additional US$ 303.6 million is urgently needed to enable humanitarian efforts to continue benefiting an estimated 2.4 million people who were severely affected by Cyclone Nargis.

Malaysian boy's aquathalon raises RM 25,000 for children of Myanmar’s Cyclone Nargis
KUALA LUMPUR, 27 June 2008 – He is only thirteen years old, yet, Malaysia’s Tristan Lim Yang-Jun decided that his age was not going to be a barrier to helping his peers in Myanmar struggling to survive the devastation of Cyclone Nargis.

Food for Hope donates RM 21,750 to aid UNICEF efforts in Myanmar
KUALA LUMPUR, 16 June 2008 – “Food for Hope”, a culinary experience with a difference, recently raised RM 87,000 for disaster relief efforts in China and Myanmar. Part of the funds RM 21,750 was donated to UNICEF for its work in cyclone-ravaged Myanmar.

GIS students dig deep into their pockets to help Myanmar’s children
KUALA LUMPUR, 2 June 2008 – With empathy and generosity in their hearts, students of Malaysia’s Garden International School came together recently to raise RM 29,708 for Myanmar’s children who survived Cyclone Nargis.

UNICEF forges ahead for children in Myanmar's worst-affected cyclone areas
KUALA LUMPUR, 28 May 2008 – UNICEF will forge ahead rapidly to map and serve children and women in severely affected areas of cyclone-battered Myanmar, following the military government’s decision to grant full access to international aid workers.

UNICEF supplies dispatched to Yangon from new ASEAN-UN Joint Logistics Hub
BANGKOK, 24 May 2008 – The inaugural flight from the new ASEAN-UN Joint Logistics Don Muang staging area in Bangkok, left for Yangon today carrying with it a shipment of critically needed UNICEF supplies for children of Cyclone Nargis.

UNICEF and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcome news of more international aid access in Myanmar
NEW YORK, 23 May 2008 – Following UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's visit to Myanmar this week, UNICEF has welcomed the announcement that the government's leaders will allow more international aid workers into the cyclone-damaged areas.

The children have suffered enough – the time to act is now!
KUALA LUMPUR, 21 May 2008 – The United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon who will arrive in Myanmar on Thursday, has urged the nation’s military government to focus all its efforts on saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of its people.

Kiwanis Malaysia first to step forward in support of UNICEF’s appeal in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, 14 May 2008 – Kiwanis Malaysia, a voluntary service organisation, is the first to step forward to support the UNICEF "Myanmar Children’s Cyclone Appeal 2008" in Malaysia, with an initial donation of RM 80,000.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appeals for further aid for cyclone-affected Myanmar
NEW YORK, 13 May 2008 – The devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis could quickly turn into a catastrophe for the people of Myanmar. According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the health of at least 1.5 million people is at severe risk.

UNICEF races against time to help Myanmar children survive
KUALA LUMPUR, 13 May 2008 – UNICEF is working full speed to deliver critical aid and supplies to help Myanmar’s children who are struggling with their daily survival, following the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.

UNICEF safe-water supplies arrive in Myanmar to aid cyclone survivors
NEW YORK, 9 May 2008 – A Thai International airliner carrying 3 million water-purification tablets for the victims of Cyclone Nargis landed in Myanmar’s former capital, Yangon, at 8:45 local time this morning.

Safe water can make difference between life and death in post-cyclone Myanmar
NEW YORK, 8 May 2008 – Three million water-purification tablets are on their way to Myanmar to help families in the Irrawaddy Delta cope with the potentially deadly after-effects of Cyclone Nargis.

UNICEF appeals for US$ 8.2 million to aid families in Myanmar’s cyclone zone
NEW YORK, 8 May 2008 – To meet the urgent needs of children and families affected by the cyclone last weekend in Myanmar, UNICEF today issued an emergency appeal for $8.2 million.

UNICEF crisis response focuses on water and hygiene in aftermath of Cyclone Nargis
NEW YORK, 7 May 2008 – With 5,000 square km underwater and an estimated 1 million people homeless and in need of assistance, Myanmar continues to reel from the effects of Cyclone Nargis, which struck last weekend.

UNICEF on the ground in Myanmar delivering critical supplies
NEW YORK, 6 May 2008 – Some 130 UNICEF technical and operations staff continued to travel to the areas affected by Cyclone Nargis today, identifying the greatest threats to children and women and delivering much-needed supplies.

UNICEF in Myanmar: Rapid response critical to saving lives
NEW YORK, 5 May 2008 – UNICEF is undertaking urgent preliminary assessments of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis, which struck southeast Myanmar on Saturday, killing thousands and injuring tens of thousands.



20 May 2008: UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on a campaign to protect children against measles in Laputta Township, one of the places hardest-hit by Cyclone Nargis.
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14 May 2008: UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on the struggles of the survivors of Cyclone Nargis.
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13 May 2008: UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on the growing threat of disease in Myanmar, in the wake of Cyclone Nargis. 
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12 May 2008: UNICEF’s global Chief of Education, Cream Wright, discusses the importance of restoring a sense of normalcy for cyclone-affected children in Myanmar. 
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10 May 2008: UNICEF Supply Division Director Shanelle Hall discusses how UNICEF’s main warehouse in Copenhagen is meeting needs in cyclone-ravaged Myanmar. 
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9 May 2008: UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on the immediate need for safe water in Myanmar’s cyclone-affected areas.
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8 May 2008: UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on the immediate need for safe water in Myanmar’s cyclone-affected areas.
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7 May 2008: Director of Emergency Operations Louis-George Arsenault talks about UNICEF’s main priorities in addressing the enormous needs in Myanmar.
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7 May 2008: Executive Director Ann M. Veneman discusses UNICEF's efforts to protect children in cyclone-ravaged Myanmar.
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7 May 2008: UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on UNICEF's response to the unfolding crisis in Myanmar. Footage courtesy of Reuters.
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6 May 2008: UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on UNICEF's emergency response to Cyclone Nargis. Footage courtesy of Reuters.
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5 May 2008: UNICEF Deputy Director of Emergency Programmes Kari Egge describes what UNICEF is doing to help Myanmar children affected by Cyclone Nargis.
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15 May 2008: UNICEF Representative in Myanmar Ramesh Shrestha gives an overview of the Cyclone Nargis relief effort.
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15 May 2008: UNICEF Myanmar Chief of Child Protection Anne-Claire Dufay talks about helping children cope with life after the cyclone.
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13 May 2008: UNICEF Myanmar Chief of Health and Nutrition Dr. Osamu Kunii reports on the urgent needs of residents of the country's cyclone-affected region.
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9 May 2008: UNICEF Myanmar Chief of Education Niki Abrishamian describes the damage that Cyclone Nargis has done to schools.
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8 May 2008: UNICEF Myanmar Officer in Charge Juanita Vasquez describes the devastation she has witnessed in the Irrawaddy Delta.
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8 May 2008: Chief of Knowledge Management in Supply Division, Rudolf Schwenk, discusses emergency aid sent from the UNICEF warehouses in Copenhagen.
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6 May 2008: UNICEF Representative in Myanmar Ramesh Shrestha discusses UNICEF's emergency response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis.
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