EU to raise more fund aid for Myanmar

21:32, October 26, 2009      

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The European Union (EU) will raise 35-million-euro (43.75 million U.S. dollars) fund aid for Myanmar for a five-year vocational training and food security plan project in cyclone-hit areas as well as other regions in the country, diplomatic sources said on Monday.

EU expects that the fund could be raised up to 100 million euros with the help of international donors, the sources said, adding that the fund will be provided through social organizations in Myanmar.

In 2008, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) provided an aid of 54.5 million U.S. dollars to Myanmar for running humanitarian programs in cyclone-hit areas in the country.

Of the total, 40.5 million dollars were used for humanitarian projects, while the remaining 14 million dollars for food programs.

The fund for 2008 was up 105 percent compared with that for 2007 which amounted to 26.5 million dollars.

EU have been providing Myanmar with humanitarian assistance since 1994.

Deadly tropical cyclone Nargis hit five divisions and states --Ayeyawaddy, Yangon, Bago, Mon and Kayin on May 2 and May 3 last year, of which Ayeyawaddy and Yangon suffered the heaviest casualties and the worst infrastructural damage.

The storm killed 84,537 people, leaving 53,836 others missing and 19,359 others injured, according to official death toll.

Source: Xinhua
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