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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

U.N. Helicopter Relief Runs Low on Funds

The United Nations World Food Program is running out of money to run helicopter emergency-relief operations. The Rome-based agency's efforts to fly relief supplies to cyclone victims in Myanmar "will all grind to a halt by the end of this month unless we get additional funding now," said its country director for Myanmar, Chris Kaye. The program has only received about half of the $50 million needed for the operation, he said. Myanmar's military regime cleared the agency May 16 to bring in 10 helicopters for the relief effort. They arrived in the country last week. For related news

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