A look back at Cyclone Nargis

Published on 05 May 2009

Cyclone Nargis swept across southern Myanmar on the evening of May 2, 2008, leaving a trail of death and destruction before tapering off the next day. (...) Immediately following the cyclone, WFP logistics teams rushed to meet the enormous challenge of bringing in disaster relief supplies, equipment and prepared foods to the populated areas badly hit by the cyclone, many of which were isolated and flooded, and only accessible by boat. Teaming up with other international and UN agencies, WFP led the way in securing the Government of Myanmar's permission to gain international access to the country and coordinate much-needed relief efforts – actions that helped prevent further loss of life from disease and exposure in the weeks following the storm.

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