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DEC launches Myanmar (Burma) cyclone disaster appeal

DEC launches Myanmar (Burma) cyclone disaster appeal

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), the co-ordinating body for leading UK overseas aid charities, has launched a disaster appeal following the impact of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (Burma).

The DEC reports that so far there are more than 22,000 people confirmed dead and more than 40,000 missing, but the figures are expected to rise considerably.

The DEC will broadcast a national appeal on TV tomorrow.

DEC member charities World Vision, the Red Cross and Save the Children are among the charities who have a long term presence in Myanmar and their teams have responded since the cyclone struck on Saturday. They are already distributing clean drinking water, hygiene kits and emergency relief supplies and aim to scale this up in the days to come.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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