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UN: Cyclone Aid Delivery Still a Challenge in Burma


A United Nations official says that three months after Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma's Irrawaddy delta, aid workers still face a challenge in delivering enough relief supplies to survivors.

The U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Burma, Daniel Baker, said Tuesday that the agriculture sector will need an additional $51 million.

Eighty five percent of seed stocks were lost in cyclone-affected areas.

Since the cyclone, more than 25,000 tons of food has been delivered to affected areas, reaching 684,000 people.

However, Baker said 924,000 people are in urgent need of food on a regular basis over the next nine months.

Cyclone Nargis hit Burma in May, and claimed the lives of about 78,000 people. Another 56,000 are still missing.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.


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