Follow detailed information about aid to Myanmar on ReliefWeb


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The New York Times reports that some aid has begun flowing into Myanmar, but it looks like the mobilization for major relief operations is still underway and not clearly defined. However, you can keep track of what's going on in this regard by visiting the site that ReliefWeb has set up for the disaster caused by cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.

ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), is the main gateway to information --including news, documents and maps-- on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. It's targeted to the international humanitarian community that works on delivering emergency assistance, so you can hardly find a better site for up-to-date, reliable information on all aspects of this emergency.

Incidentally, there's also a site on the effects of the floods caused by Nargis in neighboring Thailand.

As for individual donations, it still seems too early to know how or where to contribute. I'll try to post this information later as it becomes available.


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May 07, 2008

It looks like UNICEF, the United Nations World Food program, and the International Red Cross are doing work there right now, so they should be decent places to donate to.

Claudio if you find any other ways to help or even volunteer do tell. It's really bad, as if right now it looks like there are over 70,000 presumed dead by the Myanmar Govt, and more are at risk.

B.C. Albaghetti
May 07, 2008

There is a discussion on National Public Radio (a US non-profit corporation) about the intricacies of aid to Myanmar/Burma with Bridget Welsh, assistant professor at the Dept. of South-East Asia studies at Johns Hopkins University.