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Press Release: 7th May, 2008       25th Vaisakh (Samvat 540 Nanakshahi )

UNITED SIKHS prepares to aid cyclone ‘Nargis’ survivors in Myanmar

New York, USA – UNITED SIKHS Aid gears up for relief efforts in Myanmar. A devastating cyclone, ‘Nargis’ that made landfall on May 2nd brought catastrophic damage to the coastal areas of Myanmar. The government and media of Myanmar put the death toll at 22,000 with over 41,000 reported missing. The SIKH Aid team is in the process of mobilizing volunteers for much needed relief efforts in the disaster-hit regions. Survivors claim this to be the worst storm to hit the country with waves as high as 12 feet that swept away villages leaving more than 1 million people homeless.

The five most affected regions are Yangon (Rangoon), Ayeyawaddy, Bago, Kayin and Mon.

Given the magnitude of this disaster, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges the Government of Myanmar to respond to the outpouring of international support and solidarity by facilitating the arrival of aid workers and the clearance of relief supplies in every way possible. This can significantly aid the Government in responding to this tragedy.

UNITED SIKHS is monitoring the situation in Myanmar and working out the logistics with UN agencies. We appeal to everyone to contribute and support the Relief efforts. We will appreciate help with:

1. Food and Emergency Supplies
2. Medical Aid and Counselling services
3. Rehabilitation and temporary shelters

List of Items required:

North American donors may ship the relief material to our US based Global command centre for Disaster relief at the address below.

95-26 113th Street
Richmond Hill, NY 11419

For more information call

To meet the needs of survivors a great deal of cooperation would be required from individuals and like minded organizations.

To find out more about the disaster and related relief efforts, please visit http://unitedsikhs.org/myanmarnargis/

If you wish to volunteer please email sikhaid@unitedsikhs.org

Issued By:
Kuldip Singh
Phone: 1-888-243-1690

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