Myanmar Relief

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World Vision:

The government of Myanmar has invited World Vision to provide assistance in the form of zinc sheets, tents, tarpaulins and medicine. The agency is coordinating with authorities to explore an airlift of emergency supplies into the country from one of its global warehouses.

World Vision assessment teams have been deployed to the hardest-hit areas to determine the most urgent needs. The agency is already providing clothing (sarongs and t-shirts) as well as tarpaulins and blankets to 100 households in the capital, along with 10,000 kg of rice and 7,000 liters of water.

World Vision estimates that up to 2 million people may be affected by the cyclone. The organisation has several community development programmes in areas hit by the path of the storm…

Direct Relief:

Direct Relief has contacted partners in Thailand and other neighboring countries, some of whom also run programs in Myanmar, to offer assistance to medical relief efforts for people affected by the storm.

The Myanmar government has yet to issue a formal request for international assistance – historically, the country rarely invites outside groups to provide assistance, even in emergencies…

International Rescue Committee:

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." …

You can help by donating to the Red Cross/Red Crescent, Doctors Without Borders, Save The Children, UNICEF, or the World Food Programme, all of which are providing assistance in Burma.

10 Worst Natural Disasters By Death Toll – A Comparison:

1. 1931 Yellow River Flood of China – 1 million to 3.7 million
2. 1887 Yellow River Flood of China – 900,000 to 2 million
3. 1557 Shaanxi earthquake of Shaanxi Province, China – 830,000
4. 1970 Bhola cyclone of Bangladesh – 200,000 to 500,000
5. 1839 India cyclone – 300,000
6. 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake/tsunami – 283,100
7. 526 Antioch earthquake of Syria – 250,000
8. 1976 Tangshan earthquake of China – 242,000
9. 1975 Bangiao dam failure of China – 231,000
10. 1138 Aleppo earthquake of Syria – 230,000