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NGO network, UN to help tackle water shortage in Myanmar
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21:10, March 11, 2009

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Myanmar Non-Governmental Organization Network (MNN) and United Nations agencies will work together to help solve water scarcity problem currently encountering in cyclone-hit Ayeyawaddy division especially during the present hot season starting March, the local weekly Pyi Myanmar quoted the MNN as reporting Wednesday.

The MNN has organized 12 water supplying groups with 30 members each to be sent to the water-scarce areas to help seek availability of water.

MNN has been collaborating with domestic NGOs in cyclone restoration works such as creating job opportunities for storm victims, cultivating mangrove in the areas and taking part in other humanitarian works.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned of the existence of potential threat of water shortage issue, stressing the need to address the issue promptly when water shortage is looming in the dry season.

Noting that it is crucial to identify high risk areas with potential water shortages now, the UNICEF called for working closely with the government community and partner agencies to avoid the probability in the months ahead although Nargis has been over for nearly ten months.

According to the UNICEF's earlier release, at least 1,800 ponds have so far been cleaned with the support of government to communities and the help of aid agencies.

Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), UN agencies and other partners are working together in the post-Nargis humanitarian efforts with UNICEF leading the cluster for water and sanitation, education, nutrition and children protection cluster.

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

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

Source: Xinhua

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