Nordics pledge emergency aid for Myanmar cyclone victims

Swedish FlagStockholm, Helsinki - Sweden on Wednesday pleged 2.5 million dollars to the victims of the devastating cyclone that recently impacted Myanmar, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) said.

Swedish International Development Cooperation Minister Gunilla Carlsson said Sweden was prepared to offer "logistical assistance and equipment to purify water" to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

Carlsson noted that there was "imminent risk of hunger and epidemics" due to the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis.

In Finland, Foreign Trade and Development Minister Paavo Vayrynen said 300,000 euros (465,000 dollars) were to be channelled via the Finnish Red Cross.

Norway and Denmark have committed some 2 million dollars each. The Danish funds were to be channelled mainly via the Red Cross and UN.

Denmark's ambassador to Thailand was Wednesday heading to Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar in an effort to assess the needs. (dpa)