EU emergency aid for Myanmar cyclone victims

May 6th, 2008 - 8:58 am ICT by admin  

Brussels, May 6 (IANS) The European Commission (EC) announced here Monday that it would provide emergency relief of 2 million euro ($3.1 million) for victims of Cyclone Nargis that struck Myanmar over the weekend, EuAsiaNews reported. The funds, managed by the EC’s Humanitarian Aid department, are being mobilised rapidly to help meet the basic needs of survivors in the disaster zone.

European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Louis Michel said: “With every hour that passes, the news coming out of Myanmar gets grimmer and grimmer. This is a terrible catastrophe that demands a quick and effective humanitarian response.”

The current EU presidency held by Slovenia expressed sincere condolences to the people of Myanmar for the devastation and massive loss of life caused by cyclone Nargis.

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