Burma Humanitarian Aid Update

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11th May 2008, 04:10pm - Views: 650

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            Burma Humanitarian Aid Update

WASHINGTON, May 11 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    InterAction, the largest coalition of U.S.-based humanitarian and

development agencies brought its members together on Friday to share

information about their activities and plans, conditions in-country, and

access, including issuance of visas and permission for international

staff to travel internally.  

    Concern was expressed by members of InterAction that more funds may

have to be included in the pending 08 supplemental to adequately finance

the U.S. Government's share of relief and rehabilitation costs.

InterAction also put members in contact with officials from the UN, who

briefed them on what they are hearing from colleagues in the field,

diplomatic discussions in New York, and the flash appeal announced


    Approximately 2,000 national employees of InterAction members are in

the field providing assistance to survivors of the cyclone. International

staff are directing these efforts from Yangon but as of last night had

not been allowed to leave the city. Some international staff have been

issued visas for travel to Burma to assist in relief efforts, while

others still await authorization by the Burmese government to travel.

Discussions are underway with government officials about flights members

are prepared to send with emergency supplies, once assured they will be

delivered to their staff in the country. 

    The national employees are, for the most part, being allowed to move 

through the affected areas. However, their international colleagues are

not being allowed to leave Yangon. UN agencies and NGOs have reached

276,000 survivors with assistance of some sort. 


    For updated information on Burma relief and support efforts please

contact Nasserie Carew at ncarew@interaction.org    


    InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international 

development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations. Our 165

members operate in every developing country, working with local

communities to overcome poverty and suffering by helping to improve their

quality of life.  

       SOURCE:  InterAction 

      CONTACT:  Nasserie Carew of InterAction, 



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