Cyclone in Myanmar (Burma) 2008

A boy stands in ankle-deep water outside a row of shacks in Yangon. Photo: Reuters/Stringer
A boy stands in ankle-deep water outside a row of shacks in Yangon. Photo: Reuters/Stringer

Cyclone Nargis hit the Myanmar delta region in May 2008. The United Nations reported almost 140,000 people dead or missing.

Oxfam's response

Oxfam's emergency response and livelihoods recovery provided support to around 500,000 people. In the first year, our immediate priority was to save lives. We distributed essential relief items and emergency shelter materials, set up safe and clean water and sanitation services and promoted good health and hygiene practices.

In the second year of the response, our focus was on helping people re-establish their livelihoods. We worked with local organisations and authorities, including those with relevant technical expertise, to provide support for longer term recovery to help communities get back on their feet. This included:

  • Livelihoods recovery
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Water and sanitation
  • Disaster risk reduction

Latest news

A year after Myanmar’s worst ever cyclone debt-ridden survivors need substantial aid package

April 30, 2009

Hundreds of thousands of people who survived Myanmar's worst-ever cyclone are facing the prospect of being trapped in debt with little prospect of securing further credit or loans and need urgent help from the international community, international aid agency Oxfam said today.

Ban Ki Moon’s announcement welcome but more hurdles to clear to help cyclone victims

May 24, 2008

Oxfam cautiously welcomed the announcement by UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon that Myanmar will increase access for aid workers, but warned that the real test will be whether help reaches those who need it.

Myanmar Donor Conference must put people before political differences

May 22, 2008

The world must unite around ASEAN led push to reach hundreds of thousands of people who have not received aid in almost three weeks.

Latest stories

June 10, 2008

Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar (Burma) in the early hours of Saturday 3 May causing widespread destruction. Tens of thousands of people lost their lives and many more their homes and livelihoods as shown in this series of photos.

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