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Myanmar holds world humanitarian day ceremony in Yangon

(Xinhua)

16:58, August 19, 2011

YANGON, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar held a ceremony here Friday to commemorate the World Humanitarian Day to honor humanitarian workers who have lost their lives or been injured in the course of their work.

The ceremony was attended by government representatives, members of the diplomatic corps and representatives from the United Nations and Humanitarian Community.

U Soe Kyi, director general of the Department of Social Welfare, said the government welcomes the humanitarian community to work together with the government.

Myanmar reconstituted the Natural Disaster Preparedness Committee, chaired by U Aung Kyi, Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement as well as Myanmar National Search and Rescue Committee, chaired by Lieutenant-General Ko Ko, Minister of Home Affairs.

At the ceremony, humanitarian aid partners, Myanmar Red Cross Society and World Vision shared their experiences in the two recent natural disasters, and UN agencies and humanitarian partners also displayed tables showcasing their activities.

Over the past three years, Cyclone Nargis, Cyclone Giri and a major earthquake hit Myanmar.

This year, heavier rainfall than the previous years flooded the country.

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