Other Relief Efforts
On 15 May, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) launched the Burmese HIC website. The purpose of the site was to improve information exchange and collaboration between operational agencies responding to Cyclone Nargis. Based in Bangkok, the HIC was providing support to the Humanitarian Partnership Team and other humanitarian partners in Yangon, as well as those based in Bangkok.
As of May 8, 2008, the Foundation for the People of Burma had a team on the ground in Rangoon and beyond providing direct assistance to thousands of refugees. Since this organization was administered by Buddhist volunteers and already had tacit permission from the Burmese government, all donations went directly for supplies.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies had pledged $189,000 for relief. The federation had also launched an appeal of a further CHF73.9 million. Red Cross spokesman Matt Cochrane said that cyclone survivors needed everything. They needed emergency shelter to keep them dry, including food supplies. He said stagnant waters were a perfect breeding ground for the malaria mosquito, so insecticide-treated nets were needed. The Red Cross suffered a setback when a boat carrying supplies sank when it hit a submerged tree. Everyone aboard survived, but most of the cargo was lost. Ten Red Cross/Red Crescent relief flights carrying medical and shelter supplies were due to land in Yangon on 12 May.
Trocaire has been active in Burma since 1995 and were the first Irish aid agency to gain access after Cyclone Nargis. Relief work has been conducted mainly through local partners and membership of the international federation Caritas Internationalis. Trocaire had appealed for the focus of humanitarian work in Burma not to be lost in the wake of China's more recent earthquake.
Save the Children, one of the few agencies allowed to work in Burma, said the toll would likely sharply grow in the next few days as help reached isolated areas. On May 18, it announced that it believed that thirty thousand children younger than five were already facing malnutrition and could starve in under a month if food did not reach them.
Médecins Sans Frontières landed a plane of 40 tons of relief and medical supplies in Rangoon. After clearing customs the supplies were transferred to local MSF warehouses. They have approximately 200 workers in the region, many of whom have been involved in long-term projects there and were already in the region.
World Vision launched a US$3 million appeal and sought to get international aid into the country. Staff on the ground were working to distribute food, water and other non-food items while WV Myanmar managers sought approval from the government to work in the worst affected areas and to bring in aid from outside.
Avaaz.org raised over US$2 million for relief efforts in Burma, through over 25,062 individual donations. They entrusted delivery and dissemination of the aid to the Burmese monks, bypassing the military junta. This unique approach proved successful. As of 25 May 2008, US$550,000 was confirmed delivered to the religious establishment with another US$1,000,000 en-route.
Local NGOs also responded to the emergency, many adapting from human-rights or women's focuses to humanitarian emergency relief.
|Association of Southeast Asian Nations||An assessment team and 30 medical personnel per country.|
|Australia||A$25 million (US$23.5 million) and 31 tonnes of supplies.|
|Bangladesh||20 tonnes of food, medicine|
|Belgium||€250,000 (US$387,000) and €100,000 from Flanders|
|Brazil||Zinc roofing tiles, canvas tents and first aid items.|
|Canada||Up to US$2 million in emergency relief, $500,000 of which is for the Red Cross, Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is on standby; additional aid to come|
|China||US$10 million in aid and relief materials (including 3 flights using Jade Cargo each consisting of 60 tonnes of aid)|
|European Union||US$3.0 million|
|France||1,500 tons of medicine, food, and water; US$775,000|
|Greece||US$200,000, medicine and humanitarian aid|
|Hungary||US$300,000, medicine, food, humanitarian aid|
|India||More than 178 tonnes of relief materials; tents, food supplies, medicines. A team of 50 medical personnel is being sent to set up hospitals in the Irrawaddy delta.|
|Indonesia||US$1 million in cash and other aids in foods and medicines|
|Israel||US$100,000, food and medical supplies by private organizations|
|Japan||JPY ¥28 million in tents and generators = US$267,000; US$10 million through UN World Food Program & US$570,000 pledged assistance|
|Laos||US$20,000 worth of food|
|Lithuania||Lithuanian government donated Lt200,000 ($90,000) to Red Cross.|
|New Zealand||NZ$3.5 million|
|Norway||Up to US$1.96 million|
|Pakistan||Relief materials and setting up of a mobile hospital in the affected region upon approval of Burmese government.|
|Philippines||Medical workers and US$3,000,000 and relief goods in cash and C-130 Hecules with Aid|
|Russia||80 tonnes of food, generators, medicine, tents and blankets|
|Serbia||Relief materials, medicines and medical supply.|
|Spain||US$775,000 donation to World Food Programme|
|Sri Lanka||US$100,000 plus food and assistance of medical workers|
|Sweden||Logistical support and water cleaning systems|
|Thailand||US$100,000, food and medical supplies (initial)|
|Turkey||US$1,000,000 from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US$600,000 from Turkish Red Crescent|
|United Kingdom||₤45 million committed (US$73.5 million at the Nov. 7, 2008, exchange rate), HMS Westminster|
|United States||US$47.245 million (as of July 10, 2008)|
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