UN appeals for Myanmar cyclone aid

The United Nations is requesting USD187 million for the relief operations in cyclone-hit Myanmar. “If we do not act now, and if we do not act fast, more lives will be lost,” U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs John Holmes warned. The funds will be used by 10 U.N. agencies and 9 non-governmental organizations to provide food, water purification tablets, emergency health kits, mosquito nets, cooking sets, plastic sheeting and water jugs. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon disclosed that his staff is now in talks with Myanmar authorities to give aid workers greater access to affected areas. Though the junta has yet to approach him directly, Ban stressed that “it’s moving toward the right direction.”

Source: UN seeks USD187 million to aid cyclone survivors in Myanmar (AP)

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