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Tsunami-affected families in Myanmar receive more UNICEF assistance

Longer-Term Assistance Crucial to Recover

YANGON, 11 January 2005 – UNICEF has delivered emergency family kits to children and families in tsunami-affected areas of Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy District. The UNICEF kits are packed with blankets, clothing, utensils, soap, mosquito nets and other essential items to help families contend with the after-effects of the recent tsunami disaster.

UNICEF is working in close cooperation with national counterparts and other international agencies in Myanmar to address the needs of these and other affected families.

UNICEF is also providing drinking water and household sanitation systems to affected communities in Ayeyarwaddy, and has a one-year stock of essential drugs and thousands of mosquito nets ready for distribution to the most affected families and communities.

While Myanmar appears to have been spared the worst effects of the recent tsunamis, there are still families whose lives have been turned upside down by this tragedy who need assistance. 

Hundreds of families in the hardest-hit areas have lost their homes, and many wells and community drinking water ponds in these areas are contaminated. 

“Clean water is a primary concern for children and their families living in coastal areas of Ayeyarwaddy,” said UNICEF Representative in Myanmar Carroll Long.  “By ensuring children’s access to clean water we can protect them from a range of diseases and help keep them healthy.”

“While UNICEF’s current assistance is targeting the immediate needs of the most vulnerable families, longer-term support is crucial to the recovery and continued development of communities that were affected by this disaster,” she added.

The remoteness of some affected areas, particularly those that can only be reached by boat, is presenting some logistical challenges to relief efforts.  Nevertheless, assistance is getting through.

“Fortunately, these challenges have been surmountable,” said UNICEF Representative Carroll Long.  “Thanks to the support of our health counterparts and good cooperation amongst national and international partners in Myanmar, vulnerable children and their families are receiving the essential support they need to get back on their feet.”


For further information please contact:

Jason Rush
Communication Officer
UNICEF in Myanmar
Phone:  (95 1) 212 086, Fax:  (95 1) 212 063
Email:  jrush@unicef.org




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