Monday, August 21, 2017

US announces aid package to Myanmar

The United States has announced an aid package for those living in the central Myanmar city racked by violence last week.

US$100,000 will be given to residents displaced by fighting between Buddhist and Muslims the city of Meikhtila, where at least 40 people were killed during three days of clashes.

“This includes hygiene kits, blankets, utensils, plastic sheeting, emergency water and sanitation assistance to the displaced people. So we are providing assistance directly,” US Department of State spokesperson Victoria Nuland said during a press briefing on March 26 in Washington, DC.

Order was restored on March 23 to Meikhtila after President Thein Sein ordered the army to take control of the city. But violence spread to Gyobingauk, Okpa and Minhla townships in Bago, which have been put under a dusk to dawn curfew.