Saturday, May 10, 2008

FACTBOX: More than $50 million in aid for Myanmar

(Reuters) - The United Nations food agency suspended aid flights to cyclone-struck Myanmar on Friday after the military government seized two deliveries at Yangon airport, apparently determined to distribute supplies on its own.

Governments and relief agencies around the world have promised about $57 million worth of aid and technical support to Myanmar in the days after Cyclone Nargis ripped through the Irrawaddy Delta leaving up to 100,000 people feared dead.

The following includes some of the aid offers to date:
UNITED NATIONS: $10 million from Central Emergency Relief Fund; and "flash appeal" to raise more money from Friday. Five-member U.N. Disaster Assessment and Coordination team ready in Bangkok. UNICEF assessment teams in 3 of 5 disaster areas.

RED CROSS: About 200,000 Swiss francs ($189,000).
-- Myanmar Red Cross: Distributing insecticide-treated bed nets and water purification tablets. Government to give 5 billion kyats ($4.5 million) for relief and resettlement.
-- American Red Cross: $100,000 in funds and supplies.

WORLD VISION, AUSTRALIA: A$3 million ($2.8 million). About 25 medical/other specialists to boost 600 permanent staff in Myanmar.

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