MYANMAR: Multi-purpose cyclone shelters needed – UN specialist (Irin news)

200812311 YANGON, 31 December 2008 (IRIN) – A UN specialist has called for the building of cyclone shelters in southern Myanmar ahead of the next monsoon, expected in about five months’ time.

“Multi-purpose cyclone shelters should be built before the monsoon season comes to disaster-prone areas in order to reduce the risk of future disasters,” Dillip Kumar Bhanja, disaster risk reduction specialist for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Myanmar, told IRIN in Yangon, the former Burmese capital.

“Tens of thousands of people died because they didn’t have access to cyclone shelters,” he said. read all

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