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EU provides extra 40 million euros in aid to Myanmar

The European Commission European Commission, branch of the governing body of the European Union (EU) invested with executive and some legislative powers. Located in Brussels, Belgium, it was founded in 1967 when the three treaty organizations comprising what was then the European Community  on Thursday decided give an extra 40.5 million euros (58.7 million dollars) in aid for two million vulnerable people in Myanmar, notably those affected by cyclone Nargis in May.

A total of 22 million euros is allocated to help cyclone-hit communities in and around the southwest Irrawaddy delta, where the catastrophe left 138,000 people dead or missing and devastated dev·as·tate  
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.

2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark.
 rice paddies, a commission statement said.

The money is added to the 17 million euros which was released as emergency aid after the cyclone struck.

A second aid envelope of 18.5 million euros will be provided for a programme targeting "other highly vulnerable populations inside Myanmar, as well Burmese refugees in Thailand".

Around two million people are expected to benefit directly from this support which will be managed by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Humanitarian aid is material or logistical assistance provided for humanitarian purposes, typically in response to humanitarian crises. The primary objective of humanitarian aid is to save lives, alleviate suffering, and maintain human dignity.  department (ECHO) and channelled through European NGOs, United Nations agencies and the Red Cross.

"We have progressively developed a very good cooperation with the authorities on humanitarian access Humanitarian access is a specific legal term, referred to the ability by neutral humanitarian actors (such as the United Nations, the ICRC, and foreign or local NGOs), to enter an area during a conflict, to provide humanitarian aid as well as monitor and promote human rights.  in the Irrawaddy Delta in the wake of the cyclone Nargis," said EU Development Commissioner Louis Michel Louis H.O.Ch. Michel (born 2 September 1947) is a Belgian politician, currently serving as European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid. A prominent member of the French-speaking liberal party, the Mouvement Réformateur, he was Belgium's foreign minister until July .

The EU's executive will continue advocating for similar cooperation and access to other parts of the country, he added.

"I am particularly concerned about the forgotten crisis in Northern Rakhine State Rakhine State (räkēn`), formerly Arakan (ărəkăn`, äräkän`), state (1983 pop. 2,045,891), 14,194 sq mi (36,762 sq km), W Myanmar, extending along the Bay of Bengal. , where some 800,000 Muslim Rohingya live in terrible conditions."
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