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700,000 Myanmar children need long-term aid

GENEVA – AROUND 700,000 children are in need of long-term aid in Myanmar due to the devastating effects of May, Cyclone Nargis, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. The United Nations and the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) have estimated that it will cost about US$1 billion in total to rebuild Myanmar after the cyclone. While we have observed a gradual improvement in the situation for children, and have avoided the emergence of major epidemics, we must maintain our efforts, added UNICEF Myanmar representative Ramesh Shrestha in a statement.