The Government of Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations have released the first comprehensive report covering the impact of Cyclone Nargis on the people in the Ayeyarwady Delta and Yangon. Among the highlights:
Two weeks ago a World Bank team visited Sichuan, including some of the most devastated areas such as Beichuan county. My colleagues, Mara Warwick and John Scales, took photos and produced a slideshow --see it below in video version:
|Talking to some of the students, many of which are preparing for the college entrance examination.|
Approaching the mountains from the Chengdu plain along the main road to Beichuan County, red banners with large white characters expressing support for the earthquake victims and thanks to the rescuers, are strung across the road, as if creating an arbor for all to pass through. Driving up this road doesn’t feel safe, even now, six weeks after the quake. The steep slopes of the mountains
|At the 700 year-old Er'wang Temple in the Dujiangyan World Heritage Site.|
Two massive natural disasters in two East Asian countries – Myanmar and China – over the past five weeks have brought home just how quickly and dramatically life and livelihoods can be destroyed. Our experts in natural disaster recovery and reconstruction know this only too well.
|In Qingshen village, with some of the grandparents taking care of left-behind children and the NGO members who help them out.|
I had the chance today to attend a speech by ASEAN's (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Secretary General, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, right after he had met with the Bank's President Bob Zoellick. He told us they discussed ways to increase the cooperation between the two organizations, but the most interesting and pressing aspect of it all is that they talked about specific ways in which the Bank will be helping out the victims of Cyclone Nargis through ASEAN.