Myanmar (Burma)

Speaking at the launch of a plan to rebuild the lives of millions in Myanmar affected by last year's Cyclone Nargis, the top UN official to the region Feb. 9 stressed that strong foundations need to be in place to move beyond emergency relief to restoring economies and social services. The three-year Post-Nargis Response and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP) provides the blue-print for the reconstruction of communities devastated by the cyclone, which battered the country in early May, leaving around 140,000 dead or missing and displacing 800,000 from their homes. The cyclone dramatically altered the humanitarian landscape in Myanmar, with almost double the number of NGOs now operating in the Ayeyarwady Delta. (UN News Service)

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