|A boy stands in ankle-deep water outside a row of shacks in Yangon. Photo: Reuters/Stringer www.alertnet.org|
Cyclone Nargis hit the Myanmar delta region in May 2008. The United Nations reported almost 140,000 people dead or missing.
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
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.
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.
The world must unite around ASEAN led push to reach hundreds of thousands of people who have not received aid in almost three weeks.