Myanmar cyclone victims still need shelter, jobs

Published on 30 April 2009

Hundreds of thousands of people are still without decent jobs and housing a year after Cyclone Nargis ripped through Myanmar, leaving many vulnerable to the coming monsoon rains and mired in a life of poverty, humanitarian groups said Thursday. (...) But international charities and U.N. agencies like the World Food Program say hundreds of millions of dollars are still needed over the next several years to rebuild the delta's decimated infrastructure and provide farmers and fishermen with the cash they need to regain their livelihoods. (...) "We can provide a farmer and his family with food in a weekly ration, but that same farmer will need cash to purchase seeds, to restore fields and replace the plows and livestock they lost," WFP spokesman Paul Risley told reporters at a news conference in Bangkok.

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