May 15, 2008 / 8:47 AM / 11 years ago

UPDATE 1-FACTBOX-Aid offers for Myanmar

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May 15 (Reuters) - The United Nations has proposed a high-level donors conference for Myanmar, where up to 2.5 million people face hunger and disease after Cyclone Nargis left as many as 128,000 people dead or missing almost two weeks ago.

Governments and relief agencies around the world have promised millions in aid and support to help tens of thousands of survivors crammed into the delta region’s monasteries, schools and other buildings.

However, many donors have expressed frustration about the country’s military rulers’ freeze on visas for aid workers and a perceived slow response to the disaster.

The following includes some of the aid offers to date:


RED CROSS: About 200,000 Swiss francs ($189,000).

— American Red Cross: $100,000 in funds and supplies.

— Myanmar Red Cross: Distributing insecticide-treated bed nets and water purification tablets. Government to give 5 billion kyats ($4.5 million) for relief and resettlement.

UNITED NATIONS: $10 million from Central Emergency Relief Fund; and “flash appeal” to raise more money from last Friday. Five-member U.N. Disaster Assessment and Coordination team ready in Bangkok. UNICEF assessment teams in 3 of 5 disaster areas. The UN World Food Programme has fed more than 28,000 people so far in a six-month, $70 million initiative to feed 750,000, and has $50 million earmarked for logistics and communication work.

WORLD VISION, AUSTRALIA: A$3 million ($2.8 million). About 25 medical/other specialists to boost 600 permanent staff in Myanmar.


AUSTRALIA: A$3 million ($2.8 million), A$1 million of which to aid agencies for shelter, water purification and food.

BANGLADESH: Two planeloads of humanitarian materials and food, sending five-member military team.

CANADA: C$2 million ($1.98 million) to organisations such as U.N., Red Cross and the World Food Programme.

CHINA: 30 million yuan ($4.3 million), on top of $500,000 cash and $500,000 worth of tents, blankets, biscuits and supplies.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION: 2 million euros ($3 million) of fast-track humanitarian aid.

FRANCE: 200,000 euros (about $320,000) in aid.

GERMANY: One million euros (around $1.55 mln) to German aid organisations for shelter, drinking water, relief materials.

GREECE: $300,000 financial assistance, and plane carrying aid.

INDIA: Two naval ships of food, tents, blankets, clothing and medicines to Yangon. Two transport aircraft to take supplies.

INDONESIA: $1 million; and food, medicine, humanitarian aid.

JAPAN: $10 million dollars aid, on top of 28 million yen ($267,570) worth of tents, power generators and other supplies.

NEW ZEALAND: NZ$1.5 million (about $1.1 million) to aid agencies/United Nations.

SINGAPORE: $200,000 in humanitarian assistance; offering rescue and medical teams.

SOUTH KOREA: $2 million in addition to an initial $100,000 in aid and material, such as tents and medicine.

SPAIN: 500,000 euros (about $775,000) to World Food Programme.

TAIWAN: $200,000 direct aid; sent 8-member rescue team.

THAILAND: Transport plane of food and medicine to Yangon.

TURKEY: $1 million aid. Turkish Red Crescent sending team.

UNITED KINGDOM: Up to 5 million pounds (around $10 million) for emergency relief efforts. Sending emergency field team.

UNITED STATES: $3 million, on top of $250,000 immediate emergency aid. After several days delay, the U.S. military has made eight flights into Yangon with supplies, although Myanmar is blocking U.S. aid workers from entering the country.

Source: Reuters

Compiled by Gillian Murdoch, Singapore Editorial Reference Unit and Bangkok newsroom; Editing by Jerry Norton For more stories on Myanmar cyclone click on [nSP152717 or follow link to Reuters AlertNet

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