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White House Offers $3 Million in Aid to Myanmar


Washington : The White House announced Tuesday it was offering $3 million in aid to help Myanmar recover from a deadly cyclone that reportedly killed over 20,000 people.

“The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has allocated an additional $3 million in funding” to help Myanmar meet “urgent needs,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told reporters.

“This brings the total in U.S. assistance to $3.25 million to date, which will be allocated by the USAID disaster assistance response team … that is currently pre-positioned in Bangkok awaiting permission to enter Burma,” Perino said. U.S. officials call Myanmar by its previous name, Burma.

“We urge the government of Burma to grant full access to the affected areas to international humanitarian-relief teams and non-governmental organizations, ” Perino said.