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Caritas boosts Myanmar aid budget

Caritas Switzerland has announced it will increase its aid contribution to cyclone-stricken Myanmar from SFr200,000 ($191,500) to SFr600,000.

This content was published on May 18, 2008 - 14:30

The Catholic relief organisation plans on working in collaboration with the German Caritas association to bring emergency medical supplies to some 50,000 people.

The Catholic charity said it would be able to deliver emergency assistance in spite of severe political challenges in the autocratic Southeast Asian country.

Last week, an aircraft chartered by the Swiss government carrying relief supplies arrived in the main Myanmar city of Yangon.

Caritas supports a Swiss-led vocational training centre in Yangon, and along with a local church partner, is working to distribute food, medicine, blankets and mosquito nets to residents affected by Cyclone Nargis on May 3.

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