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09 Sep 2008 description

Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) continues to provide emergency relief in Myanmar (Burma) through the Action by Churches Together (ACT) International network following the cyclone that devastated the Irrawaddy delta region in May. Relief efforts have been strategic and effective, and continue to reach an increasing number of people. While the need for food and shelter has been met in some areas, there are still many regions in need of support.

The resilience of those who have been most affected is inspiring.

14 Jun 2008 description

Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) continues to aid victims of Cyclone Nargis which devastated Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta on 2 May 2008.

06 Jun 2008 description

An overwhelming need

'We did not feel well when we started to do this,' said one 20-year-old ACT volunteer working in the severely devastated Irrawaddy Delta region. 'But we knew we had to do this because the villagers were afraid to touch the dead bodies.'

One of the main tasks of volunteers working in Myanmar has been to recover the dead bodies still lying in the water after the cyclone struck. In one remote village, volunteers reported that 135 people lost everything. 'All of the houses are destroyed,' the student says.

26 May 2008 description

Responding to the increasingly critical need for humanitarian relief in Myanmar (Burma), Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) is supporting Action by Churches Together (ACT) International's preliminary appeal for over $5 million to provide emergency assistance for up to 1.3 million cyclone-affected people.

Myo Lin(1) clung to a tree in the dark for eight hours as Cyclone Nargis raged through Myanmar.

13 May 2008 description

In the aftermath of the worst Asian cyclone since 1991, Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) and members of the global alliance, Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, are mobilizing to assist affected populations in Myanmar (Burma).

Rapid support

ACT International has established a rapid support team in Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar, and Bangkok, Thailand. The team is assisting with coordination and communication for local organizations, which are meeting daily in the region.

'This is a major disaster and we are working as quickly as …

09 May 2008 description

Myanmar government officials report that over 22,500 people have been killed and over 42,000 are missing as Tropical Cyclone Nargis - the worst Asian cyclone since 1991 - lashed the country on 3 May 2008. Estimates indicate that the cyclone may have killed more than 100,000 people. In the low-lying Irawaddy delta, Myanmar's major rice-producing region, around 5,000 square kilometers are under water.

In the slum areas and surrounding villages of the capital city of Yangon, between 80 and 95 per cent of homes have been razed to the ground.