Myanmar (Burma)

    Of the 2.4 million affected by Cyclone Nargis, about 700,000 people are over 55, many of whom lost everything in the storm, according to a survey by the NGO HelpAge International, with the most vulnerable highly dependent on family and wider communities. Despite that, access to emergency relief is limited, with fewer than 10 percent saying they had received any attention directed at older people. Many older survivors rely on food provided by relief organizations or relatives and community leaders such as monks. Most are reliant on the food supplies of international NGOs (50 percent) and local NGOs (9 percent), the HelpAge report states. (IRIN)

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