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10 Jul 2008 description

A revised appeal for Myanmar, known as the 'Cyclone Nargis Response Plan' and launched this morning, asked donors for $481.8 million, $280 million more than the amount sought in the initial 9 May Flash Appeal, John Holmes, the top United Nations emergency relief official, said today at Headquarters.


27 May 2008 description

Some $133 million in contributions and a further $100 million in pledges had been raised in support of relief efforts for victims of Cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar early in May, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, said at Headquarters today.

At a press conference where he briefed correspondents on his recent trip to Myanmar, Mr. Holmes said the figures reflected contributions and pledges from all sources as shown by the financial tracking service.

14 May 2008 description

With aid arriving in Myanmar in increasing quantities, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator urged the country's Government to allow international relief workers into the area affected by the recent cyclone, in order to distribute supplies and coordinate assistance.

Speaking to correspondents at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said that there was a 'huge frustration' that, while able to enter the country and Yangon, international relief workers were not allowed to move into the affected …

12 May 2008 description

Following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s press conference on Myanmar by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes:

Thank you very much for being here this morning. Let me just add to what the Secretary-General said in terms what’s actually happening on the ground in the various areas we’ve been discussing in the last few days. (See Press Release SG/SM/11562)

08 May 2008 description

In the wake of the devastating Cyclone Nargis, the humanitarian situation in Myanmar was growing increasingly desperate with nearly 1.5 million people severely affected and a real danger that an even worse tragedy might unfold if urgently needed aid did not get in quickly, according to John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator.

At a Headquarters press conference today, Mr.

07 May 2008 description

About 30 international offers of assistance had already been received by the United Nations in response to the destruction caused by Cyclone Nargis, which had struck Myanmar, killing thousands of people, John Holmes, Emergency Relief Coordinator of the United Nations and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told correspondents in New York today.

At a Headquarters press conference to provide an update on United Nations efforts to assist victims of the cyclone, Mr.