Burma: Cyclone updated top news (8 May 2008)
Los Angeles Times
Official: UN plane lands in Myanmar with aid after cyclone
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Relief supplies from the United Nations began arriving in Myanmar Thursday, but US military planes loaded with aid were still denied access by the country’s isolationist regime five days after a devastating cyclone.
First Aid Supplies on Way to Myanmar New York Times
Second cyclone aid plane approved to land United Press International
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ANALYSIS-Cyclone unlikely to spell disaster for Myanmar junta
By Ed Cropley BANGKOK, May 8 (Reuters) – After 46 years of unbroken military rule, many people both inside and outside Myanmar think it will take an act of God to get rid of the generals.
Burma cyclone: First UN aid flights arrive Telegraph.co.uk
US Senate demands Myanmar junta allow foreign aid AFP
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Junta bars US aid; 100000 deaths feared
Sydney Morning Herald –
Human debris … villagers who lost their homes and belongings to Cyclone Nargis wait for world pressure on the junta to deliver relief goods in Labutta, in south-west Burma.
Burma relents on US aid flights, but UN still blocked Times Online
Fears rise over Burma aid delays BBC News
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Burma cyclone death toll continues to rise
Reports from one of the worst cyclone-hit areas of Burma say 80,000 people have been killed in one district alone.
A local military official quoted by the AFP news agency says dozens of villages surrounding the Irrawaddy delta town of Labutta have been wiped out.
State radio in Burma has been putting the overall death toll from Cyclone Nargis at almost 23,000, with more than 42,000 missing.
Earlier, US diplomats said they expected the number of dead to be far higher.
The United States has urged Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, India and China to use any influence they have with Burma to allow relief teams in.
Discussions have been held at the United Nations in New York on how to encourage Burma to accept more outside help.
France says it may seek a UN Security Council resolution forcing Burma to admit foreign aid workers and emergency supplies.
Some foreign aid has reached the country from Thailand and China, and a UN World Food Program plane is on its way from Italy.
UN Emergency Relief under-secretary-general John Holmes, says the process must be speeded up.
“We have been discussing that intensively with the government in Myanmar both here and in Yangoon, (and) I think we are making some progress,” he said.
“Members of the initial assessment team which we had assembled in Bangkok will be flying into Myanmar tomorrow.”
Mr Holmes says the Rangoon is cooperating, albeit slowly.
“They might have refused all international assistance, they might have refused a dialogue with us, they might have said in a blanket way no international aid workers will be allowed in. They’ve not said that,” he said.
“We’ve made some progress, we need to go a lot further and a lot faster.”