EU gives $52 mn in aid to Myanmar

The European Commission, executive body of the European Union (EU), has agreed to provide 40.5 million euros ($52.4 million) in humanitarian aid to Myanmar this year, with some of it aimed at assisting the Rohingya Muslims who are living ‘in terrible conditions’, officials said Tuesday.

Of the 40.5 million euros allocated, some 22 million will go to assisting communities hard hit by Cyclone Nargis, which left 140,000 people dead and affected 2.4 million others in March 2008.

The remaining 18.5 million will target ‘other highly vulnerable populations inside Myanmar, and Burmese (Myanmar) refugees in Thailand’, said a statement issued by the European Commission. continue

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