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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

UN Needs More Money for Myanmar

The 10 helicopters that have delivered food and supplies to thousands of stranded survivors in the Irrawaddy delta may be grounded unless the international community provides $50 million in funding for the continued efforts. Helicopters, boats and trucks will stop bringing life-saving materials to the region at the end of the month unless the World Food Program receives its funding. The U.N. estimates that 2.4 million people were affected by the cyclone and one million still need help. Two weeks after the cyclone hit, the reclusive junta regime authorized the U.N. to use 10 helicopters inside the country. The helicopters, which were chartered from South Africa, Uganda and elsewhere, provided a crucial boost to aid workers who had been unable to reach hundreds of remote villages in the Irrawaddy delta. For related news
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