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International Aid to Burma


Monday, May 5, 2008 5:40 PM

The Burmese government has asked United Nations agencies and foreign governments for assistance in emergency relief efforts. Many countries are funneling disaster aid through U.N. agencies and the Red Cross.

The storm has affected sources of drinking water, communications and electricity in the country, and U.N. officials estimate that hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless. Teams from the local Red Cross have begun distributing plastic sheeting and water-purification tablets from existing stockpiles in the country, but the United Nations and authorities are discussing how best to import large quantities of relief supplies.

USAID's Web site lists resources for those wishing to assist in relief efforts, including tips on selecting a humanitarian organization and on the most effective way to contribute after a disaster.

Here are some of the organizations that have announced aid efforts in Burma. For more humanitarian groups and information about making donations, visit The Center for International Disaster Information or ReliefWeb.

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