New York, NY (BBN) – The United Nations, the Burmese government and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which comprises the Tripartite Core Group, have stressed the need for continued assistance to the some 2.4 million people affected by Cyclone Nargis.
The Group “recognizes that the needs of the Cyclone Nargis’ victims are still great and that increased and committed financial support is necessary in order to continue assistance to the cyclone survivors,” according to a joint statement issued on Tuesday.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), donors have provided $240 million in response to the appeal, which covers food supplies, agriculture, water and sanitation, health, schooling and shelter. Of these, agriculture and early recovery continue to be the least funded sectors.
Over 733,000 people have received food aid during the nearly five months since the disaster, and outbreaks of water-borne diseases have been successfully prevented in the cyclone-affected areas.
Clean water is among the concerns for the months ahead, due to damage to rainwater collection systems and saltwater contamination of ponds, as well as low rainfall, according to the statement.
Cyclone Nargis, which left around 140,000 dead or missing and displaced 800,000 people from their homes, has been described by UN humanitarian chief John Holmes as the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of Burma, officially known as Myanmar.
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