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UNICEF ready to respond to earthquake in Myanmar

2011-03-23

UNICEF is closely monitoring the humanitarian impacts of two earthquakes—measuring 6.8 and 4.8 on the Richter scale—that struck Myanmar today within 30 minutes of one another. The earthquakes hit eastern Myanmar, near its borders with China, Thailand and Laos.

Working in Myanmar since 1950, UNICEF has an active presence throughout the country and was a frontline responder for children after Cyclone Nargis in 2008, which killed 100,000 people and left roughly 8 million children in immediate danger of water-related disease.

Because children are always the most deeply affected after natural disasters, UNICEF is vigilant about getting them immediate help so they can remain safe and healthy. With one in three children malnourished in Myanmar, there is great concern about their special vulnerability to catastrophes on a massive scale.

While the depth and destruction of today’s earthquakes is still being assessed, experts report no threat of a tsunami

For further information:

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications Specialist, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8866; Cell: (647) 500-4230, scarmichael@unicef.ca.
Tiffany Baggetta, Director, Communications and Brand, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8892; Cell: (647) 308-4806, tbaggetta@unicef.ca.