Japan helps Myanmar with agricultural restoration after storm
www.chinaview.cn 2009-02-02 13:25:35   Print

    YANGON, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government has provided Myanmar with 2 million U.S. dollars through the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to help in agricultural restoration work in the country's Ayeyawaddy delta after storm, the local Weekly Eleven reported Monday.

    Under an agreement between the two countries on the aid signed by Japanese ambassador to Myanmar Yasuaki Nogawa and Myanmar Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, agro-based living and food security will be re-established, the report said, quoting the Japanese Embassy.

    Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) will also give Myanmar humanitarian assistance of 40.5 million euros (52 million USD) this year, according to earlier report..

    Of the total, 22 million euros will be spent for those who had suffered disastrous cyclone Nargis last year, while the rest 18.5 million euros will be used for people who have difficulties with their living.

    Another Malaysian humanitarian organization, the Mercy Malaysia, will also provide help to rebuild a dozen healthcare facilities in Dedaye, one of Myanmar's cyclone-hit areas in the Ayeyawaddy delta, earlier reports said.

    Deadly tropical cyclone Nargis hit five divisions and states - Ayeyawaddy, Yangon, Bago, Mon and Kayin on May 2 and 3 last year, of which Ayeyawaddy and Yangon inflicted the heaviest casualties and massive infrastructural damage.

    The storm has killed 84,537 people, leaving 53,836 missing and 19,359 injured according to official death toll.

Editor: Zhang Xiang
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