Myanmar villagers still struggle year after storm

Published on 29 April 2009

The boat's owner points to a palm-covered bend in the river where dozens of bamboo huts perched on spindly stilts - until Cyclone Nargis devastated this remote region a year ago. "There were many, many bodies," Tin Maung Thein, 57, says through an interpreter, gesturing toward a lush expanse of green where bloated corpses once gently nudged the high tide mark. (…) The World Food Program initially provided food for more than 1 million cyclone survivors. While phasing out food donations proved impossible in the original six-month timeframe, the number of recipients has been falling, to 250,000. Chris Kaye, the U.N. World Food Program's representative in Myanmar, concedes that remote villages such as Oak-kyiut struggled to receive their share of aid because of difficulties in reaching them. But he insists aid is getting to those who need it.

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