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White House: cyclone-hit Myanmar benefit from U.S. aid
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08:26, May 20, 2008

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The United States has brought 31 aid flights into Myanmar that will benefit some 100,000 people in the wake of tropical cyclone Nargis, the White House said Monday.

"It's our view that we would like to continue to do more," White House spokesman Scott Stanzel told reporters.

"We have had 31 flights into Burma thus far. We're continuing to deliver emergency relief commodities, including water, blankets, hygiene kits, insecticide-treated bed nets to protect against malaria, and plastic sheeting for shelter," he said.

The White House announced on Monday that it would provide an extra aid of 13 million U.S. dollars for cyclone-hit Myanmar, and this brought the total U.S. aid to Myanmar so far to 16.25 million dollars.

The deadly tropical cyclone Nargis hit five divisions and states of Myanmar early this month and left more than 77,000 dead, 55,000 still missing and 19,000 injured.


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