Six months after Myanmar cyclone disaster, recovery is far from accomplished
Six months after Cyclone Nargis whipped into Myanmar's coastline to wreak massive death and devastation, judging the success of recovery efforts depends on what benchmarks are used.
But whether or not the international relief efforts have accomplished their goals so far, all parties agree that the job is far from done. And the money to finish the job may be drying up.
A U.N. statement issued here Sunday said only 53.3 percent of the US$484 million in relief money sought by a U.N.-coordinated appeal has been raised. The least funded sectors, according to the U.N., are griculture and early recovery.
The official death toll from the May 2-3 Cyclone Nargis is 84,537, with another 53,836 people listed as missing.