Britain pledges 5 million pounds for cyclone victims

British FlagLondon  - The British government Tuesday pledged 5 million pounds (10 million dollars) in aid for victims of the cyclone that has struck Myanmar, the International Development Department said.

International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander said the money would be channelled through the United Nations and was the "the largest single effort of any member state of the United Nations so far".

Earlier, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "I want to pledge on behalf of the British government that we will work with the whole international community to make sure that the food aid and the other support that is necessary is available to the people of Burma." (dpa)