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Surviving the storm: Stories from the field

UNICEF continues relief efforts for Myanmar cyclone victims
YANGON, Myanmar, 12 August 2008 – UNICEF Myanmar has pledged to continue relief works until the lives of cyclone-affected families are fully restored.

Cyclone-affected children in Myanmar return to the classroom
LAPUTTA TOWNSHIP, Myanmar, 22 July 2008 – The school year in southern Irrawaddy Delta was supposed to resume last month. The cyclone’s destruction affecting nearly 60 per cent of the area’s schools however prevented classes from starting on time.

UNICEF begins rebuilding schools in cyclone-stricken Myanmar
YANGON Myanmar, 17 June 2008 – The weather has become an added challenge to delivering aid in cyclone-ravaged Myanmar.

Child-friendly spaces provide refuge for cyclone-affected children in Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar, 5 June 2008 – At the offices of the Yangon Kayin Baptist Women’s Association, a room once used for storing office equipment and documents is now filled with laughing and playing children, all of whom were displaced by Cyclone Nargis.

A month after deadly cyclone, classes resume in Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar, 3 June 2008 – A new school year has begun as children head back to classes, just one month after Cyclone Nargis damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 schools in Myanmar.

Cyclone-affected children heading back to school in Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar, 29 May 2008 – As many cyclone-affected children are preparing to head back to school next week, UNICEF and its partners have been distributing essential school supplies by everything from truck to boat.

A midwife puts the health of children and women before her needs
LAPUTTA TOWNSHIP, Myanmar, 25 May 2008 – Midwife Myint Myint Yi’s life has turned upside down ever since her house took an unforgivable beating when Cyclone Nargis pummeled Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta on 2 and 3 May.

UNICEF protects cyclone-affected children against measles in Laputta Township
LAPUTTA TOWNSHIP, Myanmar, 20 May 2008 – Most of Laputta Township was destroyed under a wall of water when Cyclone Nargis struck at the beginning of May. The residents of this hard-hit town are now struggling to rebuild their lives.

Psycho-social support helps children deal with the ‘storm in their mind’ after Cyclone Nargis
KAWHMU TOWNSHIP, Myanmar, 19 May 2008 – Cyclone Nargis may be over but the effects are not gone. Since the storm devastated the impoverished Irrawaddy Delta in southwestern Myanmar, the villagers have united to rebuild their small, fragile homes.

A UNICEF team visits a struggling village in cyclone-affected Myanmar
KOE TAUNG, Myanmar, 15 May 2008 – UNICEF Myanmar staff members recently travelled by boat along with two health workers from the Kawhmu Township Health Department to offer hope to a remote village in cyclone-affected south-western Myanmar.

In Myanmar’s cyclone zone, ‘surviving the disaster has become a disaster’
PYAPON, Myanmar, 15 May 2008 – Ma Su Su (not her real name) and her three-year-old daughter can’t think much about the future beyond their immediate needs.

UNICEF focuses on restoring normalcy for young survivors of Cyclone Nargis
GYO PHYU, Myanmar, 12 May 2008 – “We ran to higher ground when the water rose,” explained Kaung Myat, 12, standing on what used to be his family's bamboo hut in Gyo Phyu village, part of Kungyangone township in Myanmar’s southern Yangon Division.



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