ECHO Factsheet: Burma/Myanmar

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Facts & figures

EC humanitarian aid 1994 - 2011:

  • In response to natural disasters: €47 million

  • In response to conflict: €85 million

  • Latest: €390,000 in response to flash floods

Total: €132.39 million

Burma/Myanmar has been experiencing low-level internal conflict in several border regions for more than four decades, with several ethnic armed groups fighting the army. In addition, the country is exposed to natural disasters and was hit by the devastating cyclone Nargis in 2008, killing some 140,000 people and destroying thousands of homes in the Irrawaddy delta. It remains among the poorest nations in Asia. However, it receives much less international assistance than other developing countries in the region. The European Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), has been funding relief programs in Burma/Myanmar since 1994. ECHO has an office in Yangon since 2005, to facilitate the delivery of European humanitarian aid.