U.S. donates rice for Myanmar cyclone survivors

Published on 02 April 2009

The United States has donated more than 16,000 tons of rice to help survivors of last year's devastating cyclone in military-ruled Myanmar, officials said. The rice is part of a $28 million American food aid package distributed through the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) to survivors of Cyclone Nargis, which left 140,000 people dead or missing and 2.4 million people severely affected last May. "The United States government is the WFP's single largest donor for the cyclone victims," said Chris Kaye, the U.N. agency's country director, speaking to Reuters on Wednesday at a WFP distribution camp near Labutta in the hardest-hit Irrawaddy Delta. [...] The Obama administration announced in February that it was conducting a review of its policy toward Myanmar to find new ways to sway one of the world's most reclusive regimes.

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