US donates rice for cyclone-struck Myanmar delta

Published on 06 April 2009

The United States donated 16,000 tons of rice to cyclone victims in Myanmar's Irrawaddy delta where a humanitarian crisis persists nearly a year after the disaster, the U.S. Embassy in Yangon said Friday. [...] The donation "illustrates how U.S. assistance can help respond to the humanitarian crisis which is far from over for many people in the hardest hit areas of the Irrawaddy Delta," Larry Dinger, U.S. charge d'affaires in Yangon, said in a statement. Dinger traveled to the delta with the U.N.'s World Food Program on Wednesday. [...] WFP spokesman Paul Risley said the U.S. donation was crucial because the region's rice farmers were still struggling to replant their flooded fields. About 2 million acres (800,000 hectares) of rice paddy were submerged by massive waves and 85 percent of seed stocks was destroyed.

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