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Suu Kyi gives 10m kyat to Giri victims


New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday donated 10 million kyat (about US$10,000) to Cyclone Giri victims, her National League for Democracy said.

Cyclone-Giri-2010“She did not spend the money she has received in donations for her own needs. She has given the funds to the NLD, which has spent them on people in need. So, the donation to Cyclone Giri victims is not only her donation but also NLD’s,” NLD spokesman Ohn Kyaing said yesterday.

Independent candidates, who stood for seats in national elections on November 7, and the Committee Representing the People’s Parliament (CRPP) members, also made donations to victims of the storm that hit the Arakanese coast on October 22, flattening villages in the worst-hit townships of Myebon, Pauktaw, Kyaukphyu and Manaung with winds gusting up to 160 mph (257 km/h). The total amount of donations is about 15 million kyat (about US$15,000).

More than 45 people were killed and 100,000 were displaced, according to figures from UN organisations. CRPP secretary Aye Tha Aung and his colleagues arrived in Kyaukphyu, Arakan State yesterday, bringing aid to the cyclone victims.

“We have bought 13 sheets of tarpaulin. We’ve also purchased robes for Buddhist monks. And we have brought foods and clothes, too,” Aye Tha Aung told Mizzima over the phone.

The donors are also arranging to dig wells for the people Kyaukphyu, Myebon, and Pauktaw townships.

“There are some tiny villages in the area. Relief organisations have not helped them so villagers have nothing to eat. Most of our relief will be sent there,” Aye Tha Aung said.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 December 2010 18:57 )  

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