Over 45 nations, groups to attend aid conference for Myanmar victims

More than 45 countries and regional organizations have signed up to attend a donors conference in Myanmar on Sunday to mobilize funds for immediate humanitarian assistance for the survivors of Cyclone Nargis, the United Nations said Friday. The conference in Myanmar's commercial capital, Yangon, is being sponsored by the UN and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which is taking the lead in organizing the delivery of aid to an estimated 2.5 million people who remain in severe need following the devastating storm on May 2-3. UN deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said Friday the conference will focus on immediate aid but at the same time will start looking into medium- and long-term needs.