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Chief of Nias post-tsunami body tasked to help Myanmar

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Jakarta   /   Sat, December 6 2008   /  11:33 am

A top official at the post-tsunami reconstruction agency in Aceh and Nias has been assigned to assist in the rebuilding of cyclone-devastated Myanmar, the Foreign Ministry announced Friday. William Sabandar, Nias regional director at the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency (BRR), was named the chief technical adviser to formulate the Post-Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan, ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah told reporters. Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar in early May this year, killing more than 170,000 people and affecting 2.4 million others living in the Irrawady delta, the region's main rice-growing area. Following the disaster, a tripartite core group was established comprising high-level representatives from the Myanmar government, the UN and ASEAN. "I will be reporting to the ASEAN secretary-general," William said Friday after the laun...