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Currently Under Vetting Process: Help If You CanBurma death toll 'likely to hit 80,000'
An aid official in Burma says the death toll from Cyclone Nargis may be 80,000 or more.
Kyi Minn is health adviser for World Vision in Burma and he says that on top of the 22,000 the military regime has admitted have died, there are another 60,000 missing - presumed dead.Myanmar lifts fuel import ban after storm-diplomat
BANGKOK, May 7 (Reuters) - Myanmar's military government has lifted a ban on private companies importing fuel to try to ease a chronic energy shortage in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, a Yangon-based diplomat said on Wednesday. Aid groups confront numerous challenges
BANGKOK: International aid agencies began distributing food in the Burmese commercial capital of Yangon on Tuesday, amid uncertainty that assistance would reach people stranded without shelter in the remote reaches of the country's vast Irrawaddy Delta.
The delta was only sparsely inhabited until the 1900s, but by the early 20th century it had been transformed into what became known as "the rice bowl of Asia." Rice grown in the delta fed large swaths of the British empire, and colonial Burma was for several decades the world's leading exporter of rice.
The clearing of mangrove swamps and the destruction of dense primary jungle removed natural barriers and may have left populations more vulnerable.
"Obviously nobody thought of the environmental consequences of all this," said Michael Adas, a professor of history at Rutgers University and the author of "The Burma Delta," a book about the region's transformation into a rice-growing center.
Among the most vulnerable people in Myanmar are those who have moved onto the islands and peninsulas jutting out into the Andaman Sea. "They build their lives around water," said Aung Din, a Burmese dissident living in the United States who has family in the delta. "Now water is flooding them."
Turnell estimated the total population of the delta at 15 million to 20 million people. But given the crumbling infrastructure and the large number of isolated villages, he said, the full extent of the damage may never emerge.
"We'll never know how many died," he said. "This a country that hasn't had a full census since 1937."CHARITY NAVIGATOR: 10 Most Frequently Reviewed Charities
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In Myanmar (also known as Burma) a devastating cyclone has left more than 22,000 people dead, with an additional 41,000 missing. In addition, the storm has left upwards of one million people homeless in what is the worst natural disaster since the Asian tsunami in December 2004. The U.S.-based charities World Vision, CARE, MAP International, Save the Children, Church World Service, ActionAid International USA, International Rescue Committee, International Medical Corps, ADRA, Direct Relief International, and Rescue Task Force are all participating in the relief effort. Each of these organizations receives a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. If you would like to assist in the aid effort you can click on each charities name above to view their Charity Navigator ratings report and then click on the “Donate Now” button to make a contribution through Network For Good. Continue to check Charity Navigator for up-to-date information on which charities are involved in the relief effort and how you can help. Also, consult our “Tips for Giving in Times of Crisis” for more information about maximizing the impact of your donation.
Each of these organizations receives a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.
Help the Victims of the Deadly Cyclone in Myanmar
In Myanmar (also known as Burma) a devastating cyclone has left more than 22,000 people dead, with an additional 41,000 missing. In addition, the storm has left upwards of one million people homeless in what is the worst natural disaster since the Asian tsunami in December 2004. The U.S.-based charities World Vision, CARE, MAP International, Save the Children, Church World Service, ActionAid International USA, International Rescue Committee, International Medical Corps, ADRA, Direct Relief International, and Rescue Task Force are all participating in the relief effort. Each of these organizations receives a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. If you would like to assist in the aid effort you can click on each charities name above to view their Charity Navigator ratings report and then click on the “Donate Now” button to make a contribution through Network For Good. Continue to check Charity Navigator for up-to-date information on which charities are involved in the relief effort and how you can help. Also, consult our “Tips for Giving in Times of Crisis” for more information about maximizing the impact of your donation.ActionAid International USA
Cyclone Nargis: Emergency in Myanmar
ActionAid is currently working in the worst affected area of Irrawaddy, where we are identifying the key needs of the affected population along with our local partner KDN.Adventist Development and Relief Agency
Myanmar is caught in crisis. ADRA is responding.
ADRA is onsite assessing critical needs and implementing an immediate response. Once the current urgent needs of shelter, clean drinking water, and basic food are met, the long-term effects of the storm on family livelihoods will also need to be addressed.AmeriCares
Responding to Myanmar Disaster
AmeriCares has assembled life-saving medical and other humanitarian supplies at our Stamford, CT and Amsterdam warehouses to be shipped immediately to our partners on the ground in Myanmar. AmeriCares staff are also en route to the region.
AmeriCares is an international relief organization whose passion to help is matched by an ability to deliver. Whether it's an epic disaster or a daily struggle, AmeriCares goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure that medicines, medical supplies and aid reaches individuals in need wherever they are, whenever they need it. In a quarter of a century, we have delivered more than $7 billion of aid to 137 countries. AmeriCares is an I.R.S. registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Uncompromising security procedures assure that the assistance is distributed to the designated beneficiaries and not diverted-for example, all-inclusive tracking of medicine by lot number and thorough follow-ups.CARE
CARE to Respond to Myanmar Cyclone Disaster
Cyclone Nargis caused serious damage to CARE’s offices in Yangon, although none of CARE’s staff in the office were hurt. However, CARE has resources in Myanmar, and is ready to help provide emergency food aid, along with emergency shelter materials and household equipment.
About CARE: CARE has been working in Myanmar for more than 14 years, with nearly 500 staff engaged in projects in 120 townships. Much of CARE’s work has focused on food security, health, HIV/AIDS prevention and water and sanitation projects.
CARE is one of the world's largest private international humanitarian organizations, committed to helping families in poor communities improve their lives and achieve lasting victories over poverty. Founded in 1945 to provide relief to survivors of World War II, CARE quickly became a trusted vehicle for the compassion and generosity of millions.CARITAS
Caritas Internationalis is coordinating the operations of its 162 members in seeking to respond to the humanitarian disaster.
Caritas works before, during and after an emergency, supporting people to rebuild their own lives.
Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations working to build a better world, especially for the poor and oppressed, in over 200 countries and territories.
Caritas works without regard to creed, race, gender, or ethnicity, and is one of the world’s largest humanitarian networks.Church World Service
CWS appeal: Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Nargis response
RESPONSE: Immediate relief operations are underway with a comprehensive assessment on-going. The CWS Asia Regional Office is in direct contact with the Myanmar Council of Churches and in coming days this initial appeal will be expanded to reflect needed support for longer-term recovery efforts of the Myanmar Council of Churches and its members.
Founded in 1946, Church World Service is a cooperative ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations, providing sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance in some 80 countries.Direct Relief
Direct Relief to Support Medical Team Headed for Myanmar
In response to Cyclone Nargis, which has killed an estimated 22,500 people and displaced approximately 1 million more, Direct Relief has committed financial assistance to support Australian Aid International’s emergency medical team. AAI, a long-time trusted partner, is dispatching an experienced five-person medical team to Myanmar this week. The team consists of physicians, paramedics, and a logisitician.
Doctors Without Borders/ Medecins Sans Frontieres
MSF Response to Aid Myanmar Cyclone Victims
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have so far been able to assess all areas in the townships of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, and are in the process of trying to assess areas outside of Yangon that we suspect may have been harder hit. For humanitarian actors it is essential to have unrestricted and immediate access to all affected populations and regions in order to assess needs and react accordingly.
MSF also has four long running clinics in other townships of Yangon, focusing on maternal and child healthcare, sexually transmitted diseases (ST
Is) and HIV/AIDS, and has made all of these clinics available for anyone with health needs related to the cyclone.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in nearly 60 countries.IRC
International Rescue Committee Sending Emergency Team to Myanmar
05 May 2008 - The International Rescue Committee is dispatching an emergency team to Myanmar to rapidly assess needs and lay the groundwork for urgent assistance for people made homeless by the weekend's devastating cyclone.
The IRC team will begin to assemble in Yangon Tuesday.
"The communities hit by the cyclone and the government face enormous challenges in responding to a disaster of this scale," says Greg Beck, the IRC's Asia regional director, speaking from Chiang Mai, Thailand. "With our years of emergency experience, we're hopeful that we can help bring critical assistance to the people of Myanmar."
The IRC has been working in the region for 27 years, providing health care, water, sanitation, education and other assistance for tens of thousands of Myanmar refugees living along the border in Thailand.
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At the request of the International Relief Association, headed by Albert Einstein, an American committee has been formed to assist Germans suffering from the policies of the Hitler regime.IMC
International Medical Corps Mobilizes for Victims of Myanmar Cyclone
Los Angeles, Calif. – International Medical Corps (IMC) is mobilizing resources to respond with emergency relief to the survivors of Cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar on Saturday, May 2nd. The government has raised its death toll, estimating that 22,500 were killed in the storm and over 40,000 are still missing. That figure would make this cyclone the worst natural disaster in Asia since the 2004 tsunami. The U.N. World Food Program estimates that up to one million people could have lost their homes. With thousands more lacking vital resources, like clean water and food, IMC is identifying the most immediate needs of the cyclone victims and how best to get the emergency supplies to them.
Since its inception nearly 25 years ago, International Medical Corps’ mission has been consistent: relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease, by delivering vital health care services that focus on training. This approach of helping people help themselves is critical to returning devastated populations to self-reliance. For more information visit our website at www.imcworldwide.org.MAP
MAP International will provide medical aid to devastated Myanmar
MAP is working with partner organizations on the ground in Myanmar as well as with other international agencies in order to assess the situation and respond. MAP is coordinating its effort with other members of the Global Relief Alliance, the same consortium MAP is working with in both Darfur and Chad.
Among the many human needs, we are called to focus on a ministry of Total Health. We define Total Health as the capacity of individuals, families and communities to work together to transform the conditions that promote, in a sustainable way, their physical, emotional, social, economical, environmental and spiritual well being.Mercy Corps
Myanmar Cyclone Leaves Up to 1 Million Homeless
Mercy Corps is currently working through an international partner to assist rural families in Burma, and has a robust presence throughout South Asia. The agency operates economic-development programs in neighboring India and nearby Nepal, and last November helped raise money for colleague agencies to deliver humanitarian aid when a cyclone displaced millions in Bangladesh.
Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1.5 billion in assistance to people in 106 nations. Supported by headquarters offices in North America and Europe, the agency's unified global programs employ 3,500 staff worldwide and reach nearly 16.4 million people in more than 35 countries.OXFAM
Oxfam commits up to $500,000 for Myanmar cyclone
Oxfam currently does not run operational programs in Myanmar, and so its aid effort will be channeled through partner organizations with a mixture of cash funding, technical expertise and equipment where required.
Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.Red Cross & Red Crescent
Response to the Myanmar Cyclone
Immediately following the storm, the Myanmar Red Cross began assessing the damage as well as caring for survivors’ needs by distributing family kits, containing clothing, blankets, cookware and hygiene supplies, and drinking water to the schools and pagodas serving as emergency shelters. The International Federation has deployed its regional disaster management coordinator to Myanmar from Bangkok to coordinate the International Red Cross response.
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Myanmar: Tropical Cyclone Nargis - May 2008
Updates on Myanmar, Thailand affected by the Myanmar: Tropical Cyclone Nargis - May 2008 emergency. GLIDE No. TC-2008-000057-MMRRescue Task Force
Responding to Burma Crises
Rescue Task Force’s Director of Programs, Benyapa Becks, departs tomorrow for Myanmar (Burma) on behalf of Rescue Task Force and Carlsbad based World Emergency Relief in a joint effort reminiscent of their work for regional Tsunami victims in January 2005Save the Children
Save the Children Provides Assistance to Thousands Left Homeless by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar
Authorities have declared five regions with an estimated total population of 24 million to be in a state of emergency, including Yangon (Rangoon) Division, Pegu Division, Mon State, Karen State and the Irrawaddy Division. This delta is considered to be the country's rice basket and already, the cost of food has doubled in many markets.
Save the Children currently operates programs in all five of the affected regions and has worked in Myanmar since 1995. As one of the largest nongovernmental organizations at work in Myanmar, the agency implements programs focused on early childhood care and development, child survival and child protection.
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating real and lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. It is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, comprising 28 national Save the Children organizations working in more than 110 countries to ensure the well-being of children.
In March 2008, the independent evaluator released its "10 of the Best Charities Everyone’s Heard Of" list for 2008. Save the Children has ranked on this list for the past three years.United Nations Children's Emergency Fund
UNICEF sends first pre-stocked relief supplies as Cyclone Nargis toll climbs
UNICEF staff members on the ground report widespread devastation and a dire need for water, food and shelter. UNICEF has provided Laputta township, one of the most severely hit, with essential drugs, first-aid kits and oral rehydration tablets to treat diarrhoeal dehydration. The supplies were airlifted via government helicopter.UN World Food Programme
Bangkok, 6 May 2008 - The World Food Programme has begun distributing food in cyclone-damaged areas of Yangon as it ramped up efforts to respond to the looming humanitarian needs in the southern coastal regions of Myanmar hardest hit by the powerful Cyclone Nargis three days ago.WFP: How To HelpUN World Health Organization
WHO, partners provide relief in Myanmar
6 May 2008 -- The WHO Country Office in Myanmar is working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and other partners to provide emergency help to people affected by Cyclone Nargis. Critical needs at the moment include water purification tablets, drinking water, essential medicines and emergency health kits. The cyclone has left more than 21 000 people dead and about 2 million homeless.
Latest situation in MyanmarWorld Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
In 2007, 86 percent of World Vision’s total revenue was used to directly benefit the poor. For more information, visit the World Vision website at www.worldvision.org.
World Vision is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and a member of the Better Business Bureau.
"It will be a big problem but we cannot wait for the international aid to come. We have to rely also on the local communities," he said.
"So what we are also doing is we also mobilise the local communities there and nearby villages and there's a very high spirit of voluntarism, so they are also helping each other.
"They bring in food and water supply to the affected area wherever they could - so we are working together with the local communities there."
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