Cyclone Nargis - Aftermath - International Relief - Other Relief Efforts

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. 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.

Country Contribution
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.
Brunei Relief materials
Cambodia US$50,000
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)
Czech Republic US$154,000
Denmark US$2.1 million
European Union US$3.0 million
Estonia US$51,200
Finland €300,000 (US$464,000)
France 1,500 tons of medicine, food, and water; US$775,000
Germany US$3.0 million
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
Ireland €1,000,000 (US$1,550,000)
Israel US$100,000, food and medical supplies by private organizations
Italy €1,500,000 (US$2,250,000)
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.
Malaysia US$4,100,000
Macedonia US$50,000
Netherlands €1,000,000 (US$1,550,000)
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
San Marino €30,000
Serbia Relief materials, medicines and medical supply.
Singapore US$200,000
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
Switzerland US$475,000 (initial)
Taiwan (R.O.C.) US$200,000
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)
Vietnam US$200,000

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