Food shortages persist in Myanmar seven months after deadly cyclone -UN Report


Residents survey the damage caused by cyclone Komen that swept across western Myanmar. File Photo: WFP

More than seven months after Cyclone Komen struck Myanmar, poor rural communities are still suffering high levels of food shortages.

That’s according to a UN report published on Thursday which warns that the hardest-hit areas of Chin and Rakhine state have failed to recover and people there may face “severe food shortages” in the coming months.

The report, based on the Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission conducted across Myanmar at the end of last year, recommends that help be given in the form of cash or vouchers.

It concluded that flooding caused by the cyclone was linked to heightened levels of malnutrition among children, in areas where food was already scarce.

The UN report adds that in order to ensure long-term recovery, help was needed to rebuild the local economy, and provide more jobs.


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