Two years after Myanmar was struck by cyclone Nargis, thousands of people in affected areas have rebuilt their homes and lives with the help of various international organizations and aid agencies. The British Red Cross says 24 schools in storm-affected areas have been rebuilt and thousands of families have been given shelter through joint efforts of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Myanmar Red Cross. International nongovernmental organizations and local civil society groups also stepped up to assist the thousands of families left homeless by the strong typhoon.

However, Oxfam International and the U.N. said that there are still many families in Myanmar that requires assistance. The two organizations report that only a quarter of the funds pledge for the reconstruction projects have been delivered so far. Human Rights Watch, a New York-based watchdog group, alleged that Myanmar’s military government is still too repressive. Several restrictions implemented by the government are hampering aid work involved in reconstruction projects, the group claimed.

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.