Homeless, in debt: cyclone survivors struggle

Published on 04 May 2009

Debt problems and lack of credit. A housing crisis and a funding shortfall. These are not the problems of the Western world in the face of the global economic downturn, but some of the lingering challenges in Myanmar one year after devastating Cyclone Nargis hit the country, aid groups said. (...) Some 130,000 people are still living in temporary shelters, said Chris Kaye, the World Food Program director in Myanmar. Light, of Oxfam, said half a million people are living in what the group considers "inadequate" shelter. "Whilst the international community did an outstanding job in providing temporary emergency shelter in the form of tarpaulins and plastic sheeting and so on and so forth, it's that permanent shelter which is so important, and which we're struggling (with) now," Kaye told CNN.

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