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Burma: Cyclone updated top news (7 May 2008)

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French Official Urges UN to Force Aid on Myanmar
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People washed clothes next to their destroyed homes on the outskirts of Yangon on Wednesday. More Photos > By STEVEN ERLANGER PARIS – The French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, said that the United Nations should invoke its “responsibility to
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US diplomat: 100000 may have died in Myanmar cyclone

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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Bodies floated in flood waters and survivors tried to reach dry ground on boats using blankets as sails, while the top US diplomat in Myanmar said Wednesday that up to 100000 people may have died in the devastating cyclone.

A crack in Myanmar’s wall International Herald Tribune

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Ghosts and smell of victims haunt survivors of the Burma cyclone
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The stench of death hung over the Irrawaddy delta town of Labutta, where the blackened bodies of people and animals, rotting in the tropical heat, were washed aground as Burma’s cyclone floodwaters receded.
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Aid arriving in cyclone-hit Burma

BBC News – Foreign aid is beginning to arrive in Burma, devastated by a cyclone that left more than 22000 dead. The country’s secretive ruling generals have given a UN aid plane permission to land, while neighbouring India and Thailand have also sent aid flights.

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May 7, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Burma cyclone death toll could hit 63,000

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Burma: 60,000 feared dead in Cyclone Nargis

According to state television, 22,464 had been killed and another 41,054 were missing after cyclone Nargis barrelled into the low-lying Irrawaddy delta with 120mph winds, bringing with it an enormous storm surge that indunated towns and villages.

The social welfare minister Maung Maung Swe said that 95 per cent of houses in the delta town of Bogalay had been “destroyed”.

“More deaths were caused by the tidal wave than the storm itself,” he added. “The wave was up to 12 feet high and it swept away and inundated half the houses in low-lying villages. They did not have anywhere to flee.”

If previous disasters of this kind are anything to go by, few of the missing are likely to be found alive, and if anything the toll could rise further. Around one million people were estimated to be homeless.

But despite the scale of the devastation, Burma’s military junta — the country has been under a dictatorship for 46 years — were obstructing the entry of foreign aid personnel and supplies.

“The United Nations is asking the Burmese government to open its doors. The Burmese government replies: ‘Give us money, we’ll distribute it.’ We can’t accept that,” said the French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner, who is a co-founder of the aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres.

A UN disaster assessment team was stuck in Thailand overnight, unable to obtain visas, and the Burmese embassy in Bangkok was closed on Monday for a Thai holiday.

Countries around the world are offering help, but have yet to be invited in by the authorities, and aid agencies say that their staff are still waiting for visas.

In New York, Rashid Khalikov, the UN’s humanitarian affairs co- ordinator, appealed to Burma to drop visa requirements for UN aid staff.

“Unfortunately we cannot tell you how many people are in need of assistance,” he said. “We just clearly understand that it will probably be in the hundreds of thousands.”

But if visas were not forthcoming there were few alternatives, he said. “The backup plan is to urge (the government) to issue visas.”

Burma’s rulers are deeply suspicious of the outside world, particularly the West, but after years of mismanagement, corruption and self-imposed economic isolation, the country’s infrastructure is creaking at the best of times, and their ability to distribute huge quantities of supplies across a vast area in dire circumstances is highly questionable.

One aircraft arrived in Rangoon from Thailand with nine tonnes of food and medicine, but had to be unloaded by hand as no forklift trucks were available.

The World Food Programme began distributing 800 tons of food — a tiny amount relative to the scale of the disaster – in Rangoon, where supplies are running short, but its country director Chris Kaye said: “In order to meet the needs of the persons most badly affected by the disaster, much more cooperation will be required in the short term.”

The military government said a constitutional referendum that is part of its so-called “roadmap to democracy” would go ahead this weekend, except in the worst-affected areas. Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition National League for Democracy, which won elections in 1990 but has never been allowed to take power, said the decision was “extremely unacceptable”.

But analysts said the vote could give ordinary Burmese a safe way to protest against the generals’ handling of the disaster, after their bloody crackdown on protesting monks and civilians last year.

“The juxtaposition of the cyclone and the voting might cause many in Burma to feel this is an indication that the military should not be in power,” said David Steinberg, a Burma expert at Georgetown University in Washington.

Many Burmese are deeply traditionalist, he pointed out, and the disaster could be taken to mean the current rulers had lost the “mandate of heaven”.

In Rangoon, where monks and civilians were clearing the streets of debris, a man who refused to be identified added: “Where are all those uniformed people who are always ready to beat civilians? They should come out in full force and help clean up the areas and restore electricity.”

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A number of charities have launched appeals to help the Burmese in the wake of this weekend’s cyclone. You can donate online to the British Red Cross, (£5 will provide water purification tablets for 60 people), to Oxfam’s emergency fund,, to Christian Aid,, and Save the Children,

Burma cyclone death toll could hit 63,000

Last updated: 6:53 PM BST 06/05/2008

Aid agencies are scrambling to mount a massive relief effort after military rulers in Burma, also known as Myanmar, said 22,464 people had been killed and a further 41,000 were missing feared dead after the weekend cyclone.

Foreign minister Nyan Win revealed that more than 10,000 people had been killed in a single town, Bogalay, as he gave the first detailed account of the scale of the disaster.

With the number of dead or missing growing by the hour a huge humanitarian crisis is looming with hundreds of thousands left homeless and without drinking water since Cyclone Nargis crashed into the coast on Saturday at 120mph, destroying entire villages and battering Rangoon.

As United Nations agencies warned of a disaster in the south-east Asian country, the normally isolationist dictatorship issued a rare appeal for international assistance.

The foreign minister asked Western diplomats for tents, medicine and water purification equipment.

“We will welcome help … from other countries, because our people are in difficulty,” he said.

A first shipment of aid is expected to leave neighbouring Thailand later today.

US President George W. Bush urged Burma’s military rulers to allow in international help, saying he was prepared to send navy ships to help the recovery.

“We want to do a lot more,” he said. “Our message is to the military rulers: let the United States come to help you, help the people.”

The White House later announced it was offering an additional three million dollars in aid, building on its initial offer of 250,000 dollars.

A Pentagon spokesman said the USS Essex, an amphibious assault ship with 1,800 marines aboard, and three other naval vessels were off the coast of Thailand and could be redirected to Burma if asked to do so.

But the junta insisted foreign aid teams would have to negotiate before being allowed to operate here, and many agencies said they were still waiting for visas to allow their staff into the country.

Social welfare minister Maung Maung Swe told reporters that most of the town of Bogalay, one of the delta areas that bore the brunt of the storm’s force, had simply been washed away.

“Ninety-five percent of the houses in Bogalay were destroyed,” he said. “Many people were killed in a 12-foot tidal wave.”

Satellite images from US space agency NASA showed virtually the entire coastal plain of the country, one of the poorest nations on the planet, under water.

The government also said it would proceed this weekend with a constitutional referendum as part of its slow-moving “road map” to democracy, except in the areas hardest hit by the disaster.

The head of the Asian Development Bank expressed his condolences to Burma over the country’s devastating cyclone, and said the institution would decide how best to respond.

“I would like to take a moment to offer, on behalf of all of us at ADB, our heartfelt condolences to the people of Myanmar who are struggling through the aftermath of Sunday’s cyclone with huge losses of life and property,” ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda said.

“We will work closely with shareholders and development partners to decide how best to respond,” he told a news conference at the end of a four-day annual ADB meeting in Madrid.

America’s First Lady Laura Bush called a press conference on Monday night to promise aid to Burma – the first reaction from the White House since the scale of the crisis became clear.

But she accused the junta of failing to warn its citizens via the state-run media of the danger they faced from the storm.

Mrs Bush also said it would be “odd” if the country went ahead with Saturday’s planned referendum.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said the organisation “will do whatever (necessary) to provide urgent humanitarian assistance,” and stressed that a disaster management team was ready to leave for Burma.

Mr Ban’s chief of staff Vijay Nambiar met with Burma’s UN Ambassador Kyaw Tint Swe. The talks focused on prospects for urgent grant allocations from the UN’s $500 million Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), as well as communications and coordination support to assist aid delivery.

Gordon Brown pledged that Britain would do everything it could to ease the suffering in the disaster-hit state.

Speaking to an audience of business leaders in central London, the Prime Minister said: “I believe nearly a million people are now need in need of food aid and we will have to help the families of those where people have died.

“I want to pledge on behalf of the British Government that we will work with the whole international community to make sure that food aid is available to the people of Burma.”

But there were doubts about exactly how open the Burmese regime really is to foreign assistance. Diplomats asked ministers whether visas would be available to relief workers and whether duty would be waived on relief supplies. The ministers could give no such commitment.

The cyclone, which flattened thousands of buildings, ripped power lines, uprooted trees on key roads and disrupted water supplies, came days ahead of Saturday’s controversial referendum on a constitution which critics say will entrench military rule.

The junta has insisted that it would press ahead with the vote, but many in Rangoon said that they had other priorities.

The former capital, with a population of five million, took a direct hit. “We have no electricity, we have no water,” said one man.

Aid workers were meanwhile facing a desperate battle to help hundreds of thousands of Burmese.

Western diplomats told The Daily Telegraph that the government had failed to make it possible for United Nations agencies to move swiftly to bring relief to thousands left without drinking water and shelter.

A UN source said that the organisation can deliver the first supplies within 24 hours of an official request, which would open Burma’s tight borders to aid shipments. But he added that no such request had been received.

A Western diplomat, who asked not to be identified, said of the generals who rule the country: “They are incompetent. They don’t care.

“You’d have thought, with a military government, they would get cracking and sort it out, but somehow I don’t think it is going to be like that.”

An international aid worker based in Burma said: “Normally it takes two weeks to get permission to go into the field. At this point, they are not deviating from that procedure.”

Tropical cyclones are immensely powerful low-pressure weather systems capable of generating ten times as much energy as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Nargis devastated a vast swathe of the country after hitting the coast, flattening thousands of buildings, ripping power lines, uprooting trees on key roads and disrupting drinking water supplies.

Burmese state television said five regions with a combined population of 24 million people had been declared disaster zones.

Survivors in the worst-hit region, the densely populated Irrawaddy Delta, face a growing risk of disease and possibly hunger.

In Rangoon, the former capital and a city of five million people, the situation is dire after it took a direct hit from the storm.

The price of fuel has doubled since the cyclone struck, while many homes have been severely damaged and the water supply has collapsed.

Women came out on to the streets to wash clothes in the gutters when it rained last night. Broken trees and electricity poles littered the roads of the city.

There is also a danger that the price of food and other essentials could rapidly rise, adding to public discontent.

With the economy crippled by decades of misrule, and most people already struggling to meet their basic needs, many were quick to criticise the junta’s faltering response.

“We are really suffering, but the government don’t care, they are happy enough,” said one man.

Analysts believe that if the referendum goes ahead, there could be a significant “no” vote and blatant vote-rigging by the generals.

Circumstances exist for a political crisis to develop in what is already a dire humanitarian emergency. One diplomat said yesterday: “What on earth is going to happen to this poor country next?”

The devastation represents Asia’s worst natural disaster since the earthquake that killed more than 70,000 in Pakistan in 2005. The Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 killed more than 200,000 in Indonesia and across the Indian Ocean.

While the Red Cross has managed to distribute water purification tablets and mosquito nets, Save the Children estimated yesterday that more than 50,000 are without shelter in three towns in the Rangoon region alone. It said that people are camping out in schools, monasteries, churches and mosques.

Win Myint, 38, a resident of Rangoon, told how he had fled his home moments before a tree ploughed into his home.

He scooped up his two-month-old daughter and ran through driving rain and winds into the face of the storm to seek shelter at a Buddhist temple in the satellite city of Dagon.

“We had to run for our lives during the storm at 3 am on Saturday,” he said. “We were frightened. We have nothing now. I don’t even have milk powder for my daughter.

“She is sick now. I have no idea what we should do. We got some rice, salt and oil from the authorities. But of course it’s not enough.”

The cyclone toll in Asia

Nov 12, 1970, Bangladesh: The country’s deadliest cyclone destroys Chittagong and dozens of coastal villages, killing around 500,000 people.

Nov 19, 1977, India: More than 10,000 people die when cyclone hits south-east Andhra coast. It disrupts life for 5.4 million people and damages 3.5 million acres of arable land.

May 24, 1985, Bangladesh: 11,000 people die in cyclone that hit Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and coastal islands.

April 29, 1991, Bangladesh: 143,000 people died after cyclone hits coast with 15ft tidal surge.

Oct 29, 1999, India: A “super-cyclone” hits the northeast state of Orissa, killing almost 10,000.

Nov 15, 2007, Bangladesh: Cyclone Sidr kills around 3,500.

May 3, 2008, Burma: Up to 10,000 feared dead and 3,000 more missing after cyclone hits Irrawaddy Delta and Rangoon.

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May 7, 2008 at 6:52 am

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (7 May 2008)

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Burma cyclone: up to 50000 dead and millions homeless, but still … Times Online

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Visa delays stall Burma relief efforts
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By South Asia correspondent Karen Percy The death toll from Burma’s Cyclone Nargis could climb steeply unless aid agencies get into the country quickly and get clean drinking water and shelter to the tens of thousands of traumatised survivors.

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World Focus on Burma (7 May 08)

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Disaster in Myanmar
New York Times, United States – Myanmar — the name the junta gave to Burma — has been ruled by military dictatorship for 46 years, increasingly isolated and struggling under economic …
Cyclone death toll now 22500
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
President George W Bush’s wife, who has been the administration’s chief voice on human rights and political conditions in Myanmar – formerly Burma – faulted …
Burma Reels as Storm Toll Rises
Ruled by a clique of reclusive generals since 1962, Burma, also known as Myanmar, has degenerated from a resource-rich country that upon independence from …
Helping victims of Cyclone Nargis
Blog d’AdmiNet (Communiqués de presse), France – Over the past few days, we’ve followed the devastation left in the wake of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (Burma). News reports have tallied more than 22000 dead …
Irrawaddy delta 92706 people homeless, Thailand – On Monday night Myanmar state electronic media reported that Myanmar welcomes foreign aid for relief and resettlement for the regions hit by deadly cyclone …
Letter: Your View – Human Disaster
Glasgow Daily Record, UK –
THE news that the death toll from the recent cyclone which ripped through Burma could be as high as 50000 is a real shock to the system. …
Bush asks Myanmar to accept US aid
TVNZ, New Zealand –
“This is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman who speaks for freedom for all the people of Burma, and who speaks in such a way that she’s a powerful …
Delayed visas stall cyclone aid to Burma
Washington Times, DC – By Richard Ehrlich and Betsy Pisik May 7, 2008 Soldiers deployed by Burma’s ruling military junta unload supplies from a Thai transport plane in Rangoon. …
Right time for Burma is right now
The Oregonian –, OR –
T he men who rule Myanmar — the country still known by all except the military brutes who rule it as Burma — have been fighting a desperate battle for …
Oregon-based Medical Teams International urges Myanmar to let it help
The Oregonian –, OR – Tigard-based Medical Teams International is imploring Myanmar to allow volunteers into the country for treating cyclone victims. …
350 People Here Wait for Word on Myanmar
International aid is finally reaching some of the survivors, but the death toll could rise to 50 thosand in the country formerly called Burma. …
Death and destruction visit another SE Asian country
Youngstown Vindicator, OH –
Indeed, the refusal of the ruling junta in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma, to initially tell the truth about the fatalities …
Bush administration moves to exploit Burma cyclone disaster
World Socialist Web Site, MI – By Joe Kay The Bush administration lost no time in seeking to exploit the devastating tragedy in Burma (Myanmar). It has seized upon the cyclone that struck …
Local Family Reacts To Cyclones, OH –
The deadly cyclone in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, hit close to home for Uba and Mathein Maung, who now live in Wheeling. The Maungs used to live in …
Myanmar Reels as Cyclone Toll Hits Thousands
New York Times, United States –
A human rights group based in Thailand, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), which has provided reliable information from Myanmar in …
Rochester Family Trying to Reach Loved Ones in Myanmar
KTTC, MN – Both were born and raised in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and tonight they found out that all family members have survived the storms. …
Is Myanmar’s military junta likely to reject US aid for its …
Times, India –
A tragedy of epic proportions continues to play out in Myanmar, three days after Cyclone Nargis left a trail of death and destruction across the country. …
First international aid reaches Myanmar after cyclone
Town Hall, DC – REUTERS/Democratic Voice of Burma/Handout (MYANMAR). FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. However, coastal areas of …
22000 die in Myanmar
Austin American-Statesman, TX – The UN’s World Food Program said international aid began to flow to Myanmar, also known as Burma, with 800 tons of food getting through to the first of …
UN begins food distribution in cyclone-ravaged parts of Myanmar
Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
The death toll in the country, which is also known as Burma, rose above 22000 Tuesday, with more than 41000 others missing, state radio reported. …
US navy ready to help cyclone-ravaged Myanmar
Mathaba.Net, UK –
… in aide for cyclone-hit Myanmar. “We urge the government of Burma to grant full access to the affected areas to international humanitarian relief teams …

Burma (Myanmar) cyclone
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland – It is estimated that 22000 people have died and up to a million are homeless. Local people are saying this is the worst storm in living memory. …
New Zealand Red Cross opens donation line for Myanmar relief …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –As the full extent of the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis becomes more clear, thousands of Myanmar Red Cross volunteers and staff are working around …
Emergency aid rushed from Helston to Burma
Falmouth Penryn Packet, UK – … volunteers were gathering to pack around 1000 tents ready to send to Burma. Members of a ShelterBox response team were at the Myanmar High Commission in …
Red Cross accepting donations for cyclone victims
Clovis News Journal, NM – The Red Cross is accepting donations for victims of a cyclone thought to have killed as many as 14000 in Myanmar. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …
“It looks like the end of the world here”
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… be delivered and transported to Myanmar as quickly as possible.” However, the first humanitarian aid will probably come from Burma’s neighbor Thailand. …
UN: Hundreds of thousands need help
TVNZ, New Zealand – Khalikov was asked if he had a backup plan if the military government in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, refused to issue visas to UN aid workers. …
22000 dead, 41000 missing: Donors beg Burma to let them in, Australia –
“Every indication that we have at the moment is that we’ve been receiving full cooperation from the government authorities in Myanmar (Burma),” CARE …
Britain pledges aid for cyclone-hit Myanmar
People’s Daily Online, China – … community to make sure that the food aid and the other support that is necessary is available to the people of Burma (Myanmar),” Brown said. …
New York’s Burmese Community Unable To Reach Loved Ones At Home
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Actually, my parents live in Burma so I’m so worried about my parents and my country people. No, I could not contact them.” According to Myanmar’s …
Local ties to Myanmar cyclone
KPNX-12, AZ – 6, 2008 04:56 PM There are many local ties to the deadly cyclone that ravaged Yangon, Myanmar, half a world away. Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar is …


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Opinion: Burma’s Dictatorship in the Hot Seat
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Once again Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is making headlines. But not due to the referendum on the constitution which is meant to decide the country’s …
Burma: Cyclone Nargis death toll tops 22000
Burma’s Military Too Slow to React to International Aid after … Asian Tribune
Junta ‘co-operative’ Sydney Morning Herald
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Will Burma (Myanmar) let world in for aid?
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia – The military government in Burma (Myanmar) is receiving an outpouring of emergency aid offers from the international community, …
Official media: 10000 dead in 1 town from Myanmar cyclone The Associated Press
Local ties to Myanmar cyclone KPNX-12
US provides initial aid to cyclone-ravaged Myanmar AFP
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In nod to world pressure, Myanmar delays vote in some areas
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Myanmar is also known as Burma. “They really need to prioritize … and make sure that no more people die from exposure or from malnutrition or illness. …
Myanmar/Burma Los Angeles Times
Myanmar cyclone: 22500 dead, 40000 missing
US Congressional Medal of Honour for Suu Kyi Merinews
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US offers more cyclone assistance to Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
… that is currently pre-positioned in Bangkok awaiting permission to enter Burma (Myanmar),” she said. “We urge the government of Burma to grant full …
US AID sets aside $3 mln for Myanmar relief Reuters
US increases cyclone assistance to Myanmar San Diego Union Tribune
USAID Provides Additional $3 Million in Assistance to the Burmese … Earthtimes (press release)
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Gospel for Asia Reaching Cyclone Victims
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KERALA, India, May 6 /Christian Newswire/ — Gospel for Asia has more than 500 native missionaries on the ground in cyclone-struck Burma (Myanmar), …
Canada joins relief effort as Myanmar reels from weekend cyclone Vancouver Sun
Burma cyclone death toll could hit 63000
NZers thought safe after Myanmar cyclone New Zealand Herald
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The Southern Ledger
US increases cyclone aid for Myanmar
The Associated Press –
The death toll from Tropical Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has soared above 22000. The storm hit early Saturday with winds of up to 120 …
Bush asks Myanmar to accept US help Economic Times
Bush to Myanmar: ‘Let us help’ CNN
US navy ready to help cyclone-ravaged Myanmar Xinhua
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Cyclone struck Myanmar appeals for aid, India –
The UN is organising drinking water, plastic sheeting and food through its only two agencies that operate inside Burma — the UN Children’s fund and its …
States, aid agencies offer to help storm-hit Myanmar Reuters
Dr Zar Ni: Waves of suffering wash over my land Independent
Myanmar Says Cyclone Death Poll at 22000 and Couting Gay Wired
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Myanmar cyclone toll climbs to nearly 22500
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
YANGON – Myanmar’s military government raised its death toll from Cyclone Nargis on Tuesday to nearly 22500 with another 41000 missing, almost all from a …
Burma cyclone: victims killed by 12ft tidal wave Times Online
SNAPSHOT-Latest developments after Myanmar cyclone Reuters
Myanmar cyclone toll climbs to nearly 22500 Reuters India
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Burma: Relief Efforts
Washington Post, United States –
Washington, DC: Which is correct: Burma or Myanmar? My map says Myanmar. The WP says Burma. Matthew Cochrane: We use Myanmar, following the lead of the …
US Eases Sanctions to Permit Disaster Aid to Myanmar U.S. News & World Report
Red Cross launches appeal for Myanmar (Burma) ReliefWeb (press release)
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Voice of America
US: Myanmar junta failed to warn people on cyclone
Washington calls the country Burma. Laura Bush, who has taken a leading role in shaping US policy towards Myanmar, said Washington “stands prepared” to …
Bush calls for action, adds $3m to Burma aid Bangkok Post
Was Burma’s cyclone predicted? BBC News
US pledges more funds to Burma as regime refuses aid
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Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
Burma agony
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Rangoon – Official state media said on Tuesday the death toll from Saturday’s Cyclone Nargis now stands at 22000 – with another 41000 missing. …
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Death Toll Soars to 22000 in Myanmar Storm Aftermath KESQ
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Aviation Week
NASA Earth Observatory Imagery: Cyclone Nargis Floods Myanmar (Burma)
Space Ref (press release) –
The first cyclone of the 2008 season in the northern Indian Ocean was a devastating one for Myanmar (Burma). According to reports from, …
Satellite photos show cyclone fury
NASA Sat Captures Nargis Approach To Myanmar Aviation Week
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Monsters and
In photos: ‘Burma Nargis Cyclone Damage and Aid Effort’
Monsters and –
… toppled trees lie next to a swimming pool in the garden of a house in Yangon (formerly known as Rangon), Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), 05 May 2008. …
Cyclone leaves fields littered with corpses Sydney Morning Herald
Myanmar cyclone death toll soars past 22000 Boston Herald
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Metro Vancouver residents fear for families in Myanmar
Vancouver Sun,  Canada –
Myanmar, once known as Burma, is still reeling from the aftermath of a deadly tropical cyclone that slammed into the impoverished and politically troubled …
Cyclone plunges Burma into primitive existence
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Leader Post
Reginans with ties to Myanmar wait for news, Canada –
Noe fled Myanmar — then called Burma — as a refugee in 1992 and spent 14 years in a refugee camp before coming to Canada in 2006. …
Local relief efforts stalled as cyclone toll soars Atlanta Journal Constitution
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The Southern Ledger
Burma’s Katrina moment
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
Since 1988, hundreds have been killed trying to bring back democracy to Burma (or Myanmar). Now many more are dead because a lack of democracy and openness …
Analysis: Devastating cyclone raises risks for Myanmar junta The Associated Press
Local residents react to Myanmar cyclone
Bay Area Burmese In Mourning After Deadly Cyclone CBS 5
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Analysis: Deadly cyclone poses political risks to Myanmar’s ruling …
International Herald Tribune, France –
… many in Burma to feel this is an indication that the military should not be in power,” said David Steinberg, a Myanmar expert at Georgetown University, … (Pressemitteilung)
WHO: Myanmar facing malaria, other disease outbreaks after cyclone …
Newsweek –
WHO was waiting for Myanmar’s military leaders to request aid from a regional emergency fund the UN agency set up last year to fill the time gap between …
Disease fears for cyclone victims The Press Association
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Pope urges international help for Myanmar
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In a telegram sent in his name to the Catholic bishops of the country once known as Burma, the Vatican expressed the pope’s deep sadness and heartfelt …

Voice of America
Burma Cyclone Damage May Further Boost Rice Prices
Voice of America –
Burma, also known as Myanmar, was expected to export about 400000 metric tons of rice this year. The President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, …

The Associated Press
White House weighing broader response to cyclone in Myanmar
The Associated Press –
The US embassy in the Southeast Asian nation, also known as Burma, is immediately providing $250000 in aid from an existing emergency fund to humanitarian …

Environment News Service
Myanmar Accepts UN Funds, Food for Cyclone Survivors
Environment News Service –
A military regime governs the country formerly known as Burma. “We appreciate the government’s announcement that it is making available approximately $5 …

Hundreds of thousands need help in Myanmar-UN
Reuters –
Khalikov was asked if he had a backup plan if the military government in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, refused to issue visas to UN aid workers. …
Myanmar tells diplomats cyclone death toll could top 10000, asks … 940 News
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Ireland airlifts emergency aid to Myanmar: FM
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
“We have also been in contact with some of our NGO partners and I hope that we will be able to release the first funds for relief in Burma before the end of …

Turkish Press
Myanmar Death Toll
Wall Street Journal –
Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, used to be one of the world’s biggest exporters of rice before securing independence from Britain in 1948. …
Myanmar May Import Rice After Cyclone; Price Rebounds (Update8) Bloomberg
Myanmar cyclone stirs more rice supply fears Reuters UK
Cyclone could hurt Myanmar rice exports: WFP Democratic Voice of Burma
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Britain pledges aid for cyclone-hit Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
… community to make sure that the food aid and the other support that is necessary is available to the people of Burma (Myanmar),” Brown said. …

Peninsula On-line
Rights group says 36 dead after prison riot in Myanmar
Reuters – May 5, 2008
With most telephone lines into the former Burma severed and the Internet down, it was impossible to confirm the report with another source.
Prison guards ‘shot dead 36 inmates to quell unrest’ Independent
Myanmar: Unprecedented cyclone disaster Global Voices Online
As Many as 10000 Dead in Burma Cyclone Voice of America
MerinewsTurkish Press
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Aid agencies accepting Myanmar cyclone relief donations
The Associated Press –
… Tilden Lane Rockville, MD 20852 (301) 984-0217 Baptist World Aid Myanmar (or Burma) Relief 405 North Washington St. Falls Church, …
Jewish and Israeli organizations have mobilized to help the … Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Burmese in Md. fear for their families Baltimore Sun
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The Southern Ledger
First lady ever prominent as diplomat
The Associated Press –
She is outspoken in defense of the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, where military rulers have repressed basic freedoms. She was planning to voice …
Laura Bush’s Katrina Amnesia: Slams Burmese Govt. For Ignoring … Think Progress
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Local Myanmar Families Await Word From Loved Ones
WCBS-TV New York, NY –
New York is more than 8000 miles from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Maw has now spoken twice to his daughter, who says walking down the street is now …
Cyclone leaves Burmese refugees worried for families Utica Observer Dispatch
Groups to meet with refugees about cyclone Utica Observer Dispatch
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Baltimore Sun
Burma cyclone from space
Baltimore Sun, United States –
The terrible cyclone Nargis that swept in from the Andaman Sea onto the low-lying coastal territories of southern Burma this week killed tens of thousands …
Bay is a focus for devastating storms Times Online
Myanmar Cyclone Death Toll Rises to 4000 (UPDATE) Daily Green
A Look at Nargis
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Myanmar Toll May Reach 60000; UN Tells Junta to Accept Aid
Bloomberg –
The country, formerly known as Burma, has been under international sanctions since the military rejected the results of elections in 1990. …
Bush awaits Myanmar request for help
United Press International –
Tens of thousands of people are reported dead or missing in the Southeast Asian nation, formerly known as Burma, with even more left homeless by the storm. …
Burmese cyclone: how you can donate, UK –
It is seeking donations to it general fund: Tearfund is supporting partners in Burma, including World Concern Myanmar and the Myanmar Baptist Convention, …
Tearfund partners in the eye of the devastation respond to … ReliefWeb (press release)
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Aust to give $3m in immediate aid to Burma, New Zealand –
“Every indication that we have at the moment is that we’ve been receiving full co-operation from the government authorities in Myanmar Burma,” CARE …
UN says aid workers waiting for Myanmar visas
Reuters –
… expressing hope the staff would be permitted to travel to the former Burma soon. There are already some UN workers in Myanmar, including small teams …
UN: Myanmar gives green light for aid; workers await visas The Associated Press
Burma’s death toll could reach 10000 The Age
UN and NGOs rush to ready aid for Myanmar cyclone victims The Associated Press
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King sends condolences to Burma’s leader
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
”We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency and through you to the people of the Union of Myanmar and their bereaved families for the …

Aid workers race to reach Myanmar cyclone victims
Tropical cyclone Nargis barrelled early Saturday into the southwest coast of Myanmar, once known as Burma and now one of the poorest nations on the planet. …

Christian Science Monitor
Is the US doing enough to alleviate the world food crisis?
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
Burma (Myanmar) is the latest hard-hit nation where world aid groups are scrambling to get food to those who need it. The US, for its part, has provided …
“It looks like the end of the world here”
Salon –
… be delivered and transported to Myanmar as quickly as possible.” However, the first humanitarian aid will probably come from Burma’s neighbor Thailand. …

The Age
Burma cyclone leaves 15000 dead, 30000 missing
The Age, Australia – o
A spokesman from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the Australian embassy in Rangoon was still trying to contact all Australians in Myanmar, …
Burma’s ‘sham’ referendum may be deferred Special Broadcasting Service
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The Associated Press
Myanmar cyclone death toll soars past 22000: state radio
The Associated Press –
Up to 1 million people may be homeless after Cyclone Nargis hit the Southeast Asian nation, also known as Burma, early Saturday. …

India says it warned Burma about cyclone
Times Online, UK –
Mrs Bush yesterday accused Myanmar’s military regime of failing to take action to protect the remote part of the impoverished country from the storm. …
India ‘gave warning’ Gulf Daily News
‘India warned Burma about cyclone’ PRESS TV
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Ease Travel Restriction Of Refugees, Says Myanmar Exile Leaders
Bernama, Malaysia –
Soe Aung, the spokesperson of the National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) based in Thailand, said he could not rule out the possibility of thousands …
UN Agencies Sending Air To Cyclone-Hit Myanmar AHN
Myanmar: UNHCR offers immediate assistance to cyclone victims ReliefWeb (press release)
Cyclone in Myanmar: Malteser International secures water supply in … Reuters AlertNet
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States, aid agencies offer to help storm-hit Myanmar
Reuters – May 5, 2008
“We are deeply concerned by the situation in Burma in the wake of cyclone Nargis, and saddened by the terrible loss of life. …
Govts open wallets for Myanmar Otago Daily Times
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Manitoba offers financial aid to Myanmar
Winnipeg Free Press, Canada – o
Meanwhile, the Salvation Army is asking for donations to help with its relief efforts in Myanmar. It has been working in the country formerly known as Burma …
Manitoba Support To Myanmar CJOB
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CWR Responding to Victims of Myanmar Disaster
Evangelical Covenant Church, IL –
… massive cyclone that devastated large areas of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), killing more than 22000 people with another 41000 still missing. …
Statement of FM Ms. Bakoyannis regarding provision of humanitarian …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Athens, 6 May 2008 – The government and people of Greece cannot but be moved by the incredible humanitarian disaster that has hit Myanmar/Burma. …
India sends relief to cyclone-hit Burma
Daily News & Analysis, India – May 5, 2008
NEW DELHI: Faced with a devastating cyclone which rippled through Myanmar this weekend, Asian neighbours are stepping forward to help the isolated military …


News Summary for May 5, 2008
NewsHour –
… that shook Burma in September. GWEN IFILL: US officials complained today the Myanmar government has so far refused to admit a US damage assessment team. …
Britain pledges 5 million pounds for cyclone victims Monsters and
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Knoxville human-rights activist OK in Myanmar
Knoxville News Sentinel, TN –
An e-mail sent Monday morning from a US consular representative in the country, also known as Burma, alerted Bynum and her husband, David, …

Indecision 2008 (satire)

Myanmar Death Toll Exceeds 22000, Uma Thurman Stalker Convicted
Indecision 2008 (satire) –
… we figure that some candidate will find some way to turn the tragedy in Myanmar (or Burma, like Matt over at the CC Insider, we don’t know what to call …

NGOs say five nations unfit to serve on UN rights body
“With the exception of Burma (Myanmar), the UN Human Rights Council has so far failed to adequately address any of the egregious human rights situation …
bamboo village resists cyclone’s wrath
Reuters –
HLAING THA YAR, Myanmar, May 6 (Reuters) – When the full force of Cyclone Nargis passed overhead, people in this one village in southwest Myanmar could do …
Cyclone may yet sweep away dictators Scotsman
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Red Cross accepting donations for cyclone victims
Clovis News Journal, NM – o
The Red Cross is accepting donations for victims of a cyclone thought to have killed as many as 14000 in Myanmar. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …
22000 dead, 41000 missing: Donors beg Burma to let them in, Australia –
“Every indication that we have at the moment is that we’ve been receiving full cooperation from the government authorities in Myanmar (Burma),” CARE …
ABCUSA: International Ministries To Give $5, 000 Grant For Myanmar …
Worldwide Faith News (press release), NY –
Myanmar has tremendous historical and current importance to American Baptists,” said Murray. “Formerly known as Burma, our mission agency began with the …

New York’s Burmese Community Unable To Reach Loved Ones At Home
NY1, NY –
Actually, my parents live in Burma so I’m so worried about my parents and my country people. No, I could not contact them.” According to Myanmar’s …

NGOs say five nations unfit to serve on UN rights body
“With the exception of Burma (Myanmar), the UN Human Rights Council has so far failed to adequately address any of the egregious human rights situation …
bamboo village resists cyclone’s wrath
Reuters –
HLAING THA YAR, Myanmar, May 6 (Reuters) – When the full force of Cyclone Nargis passed overhead, people in this one village in southwest Myanmar could do …
Cyclone may yet sweep away dictators Scotsman
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 7, 2008 at 2:11 am