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Legal Action for Burma’s Humanitarian Crisis (Burmese language)

Maykha Media interview with U Aung Htoo (Burma Lawyers’ Council)

Legal Action for Burma’s Humanitarian Crisis (part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gTyTirh9tY

Legal Action for Burma’s Humanitarian Crisis (part 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbonBOrVcRo

Legal Action for Burma’s Humanitarian Crisis (part 3)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHyKuw2mHRs

Legal Action for Burma’s Humanitarian Crisis (part 4)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_bwfDydq-8

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 17, 2008 at 5:18 am

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In photos: ‘Burma Cyclone Aftermath – May 16th’

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In photos: ‘Burma Cyclone Aftermath – May 16th’

By M&C News May 16, 2008, 16:24 GMT

U.S. military amphibious ship, the USS Essex (LHD2) is seen stationed about 85 nautical miles or 113 km south of Yangon, Myanmar in the International waters of the Andaman Sea on 16 May 2008. The U.S. navy ship is awaiting permission from the Myanmar military to lift and transfer much needed humanitarian relief aid supplies to impoverished country struck by Cyclone Nargis on 3 May. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

Helicopter pilots from the U.S. Marines with Sea Knights, U.S. marine helicopters parked on the deck of military amphibious ship, the USS Essex (LHD2) stationed which is about 85 nautical miles or 113 km south of Yangon, Myanmar in the International waters of the Andaman Sea on 16 May 2008. The ship has 14 helicopters onboard ready to transfer aid suplies to Myanmar once the U.S. navy ship receive permission from the Military junta to transfer the much needed humanitarian relief materials to the impoverished country struck by Cyclone Nargis on 3 May . EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

U.S. navy sailors and marines pass bags of water for packing into boxes on U.S. military amphibious ship, the USS Essex (LHD2) stationed about 85 nautical miles or 113 km south of Yangon, Myanmar in the International waters of the Andaman Sea on 16 May 2008. The water packs are part of the aid supplies to be transferred to Myanmar once the U.S. navy ship receive permission from the Military junta to transfer the much needed humanitarian relief aid supplies to impoverished country struck by Cyclone Nargis on 3 May . EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

Burmese young boys have their lunch at a monastery outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, 16 May 2008. Almost two weeks after the storm tore through the Southern Myanmar, leaving up to 128,000 people dead, supplies of food, medicine and temporary shelter have been sent in dribs and drabs to devastated communities. EPA/EPA PHOTO
A Burmese monk dries his robe at a monastery in Yangon, Myanmar, 16 May 2008. Almost two weeks after the storm tore through the Southern Myanmar, leaving up to 128,000 people dead, supplies of food, medicine and temporary shelter have been sent in dribs and drabs to devastated communities. EPA/EPA PHOTO
U.S. navy sailors and marines fill up bags with water on U.S. military amphibious ship, the USS Essex (LHD2) stationed about 85 nautical miles or 113 km south of Yangon, Myanmar in the International waters of the Andaman Sea on 16 May 2008. The water packs are part of the aid supplies to be transferred to Myanmar once the U.S. navy ship receive permission from the Military junta to transfer the much needed humanitarian relief aid supplies to impoverished country struck by Cyclone Nargis on 3 May . EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG
A Burmese young monk smiles as he walks near an uprooted tree in Yangon, Myanmar, 16 May 2008. Almost two weeks after the storm tore through the Southern Myanmar, leaving up to 128,000 people dead, supplies of food, medicine and temporary shelter have been sent in dribs and drabs to devastated communities. EPA/EPA PHOTO
Burmese cyclone survivors queue for food during a distribution outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, 16 May 2008. Almost two weeks after the storm tore through the Southern Myanmar, leaving up to 128,000 people dead, supplies of food, medicine and temporary shelter have been sent in dribs and drabs to devastated communities. EPA/EPA PHOTO
Burmese cyclone survivors queue for food during a distribution outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, 16 May 2008. Almost two weeks after the storm tore through the Southern Myanmar, leaving up to 128,000 people dead, supplies of food, medicine and temporary shelter have been sent in dribs and drabs to devastated communities. EPA/EPA PHOTO
Burmese monks and residents cut an uprooted tree at a monastery in Yangon, Myanmar, 16 May 2008. Almost two weeks after the storm tore through the Southern Myanmar, leaving up to 128,000 people dead, supplies of food, medicine and temporary shelter have been sent in dribs and drabs to devastated communities. EPA/EPA PHOTO

Burmese young boys wait for food at a monastery outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, 16 May 2008. Almost two weeks after the storm tore through the Southern Myanmar, leaving up to 128,000 people dead, supplies of food, medicine and temporary shelter have been sent in dribs and drabs to devastated communities. EPA/EPA PHOTO
Burmese men cut an uprooted tree at a monastery in Yangon, Myanmar, 16 May 2008. Almost two weeks after the storm tore through the Southern Myanmar, leaving up to 128,000 people dead, supplies of food, medicine and temporary shelter have been sent in dribs and drabs to devastated communities. EPA/EPA PHOTO
Burmese men cut an uprooted tree near a pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, 16 May 2008. Almost two weeks after the storm tore through the Southern Myanmar, leaving up to 128,000 people dead, supplies of food, medicine and temporary shelter have been sent in dribs and drabs to devastated communities. EPA/EPA PHOTO
Burmese young boys wait for food at a monastery outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, 16 May 2008. Almost two weeks after the storm tore through the Southern Myanmar, leaving up to 128,000 people dead, supplies of food, medicine and temporary shelter have been sent in dribs and drabs to devastated communities. EPA/EPA PHOTO

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May 17, 2008 at 4:55 am

Burma denounces ‘warships’

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17 May 2008

United Nations – The Burmese military junta showed signs of paranoia on Friday, denouncing a French naval ship packed with 1,500 tonnes of food aid, with aircraft capable of delivering it, as a “warship” standing off its coast. France said a demand to deliver the aid through Rangoon airport was nonsense.

The French government, which has been pushing the United Nations to forcefully deliver aid to storm victims, said it wants to deliver supplies to inaccessible areas in the Burnese delta.

But French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert make clear to the UN assembly that the ship, which is also carrying helicopters and small boats, was still in international waters, waiting for permission from the Burmese to deliver the supplies.

Ripert said if the military regime continued to bar foreign aid, the refusal would amount to crime against humanity. He conceded to reporters afterwards that the ship was operated by the French navy, “but it is not a ‘warship’, it is a ship on board of which we have 1,500 tons of food, drugs, medicine.

Small boats on board could easily penetrate the delta.

Nearly two weeks after Cyclone Nargis crushed the Irrawaddy delta area and killed at least 30,000 people, the country’s military regime is blocking access by a larger number of international aid workers and insists that material aid be delivered to the government for redistribution.

International health officials have warned of the dire secondary disease consequences of the storm, which has left more than 1 million people without shelter, food and fresh water. The death toll from the storm alone could reach 100,000, experts have said.

France has clashed with China in the UN Security Council on the issue of access, with China opposing any decision to forcefully deliver humanitarian aid to the cyclone victims.

“This ship is equipped with small boats which could allow us to go through the delta to most of regions where no one has access yet. There are also small helicopters which can drop food, and we have doctors and we have platforms for medical intervention,” the ambassador said.

He dismissed as “nonsense” the request by the government of Burma that France deliver the material through airlift in Rangoon.

“We are still trying to convince the authorities of Burma to authorise us to go there,” he said.

“Hundreds of thousands of lives are in jeopardy and we think that the primary responsibility of the government of Burma is to help and open the borders so that the international aid could come into the place,” Ripert said.

France has cited the UN doctrine of responsibility to protect as one which sould allow the UN to force its way into Burma. France was supported only by a handful of Western governments, but others said the UN can intervene only in case of genocide or crime against humanity.

“The responsibility to protect was adopted by 150 heads of States,” Ripert said. “We think it is applicable.”

Ripert said a plane from the French non-governmental organisation Action contre la faim (Action Against Hunger) arrived in Rangoon on Friday and has already delivered aid. (dpa)

http://www.bangkokpost.com/topstories/topstories.php?id=127695

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May 17, 2008 at 4:36 am

World Focus on Burma (17 May 08)

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Human Rights Watch condemns Myanmar constitutional vote

Radio Australia, Australia –

International rights group Human Rights Watch says the results of Burma’s constitutional referendum is fatally flawed. Urging foreign governments to reject …

Myanmar death toll soars

International Herald Tribune, France –

Cases of cholera, endemic to much of the former Burma, have been found although the number of outbreaks are no more than would normally be seen at this time …

Death toll from Myanmar cyclone nearly doubles

The Associated Press –

In an interview with the Democratic Voice of Burma, the abbot of Mandalay’s Maha Gandaryon monastery said monks were stockpiling relief supplies and getting …

Burma/Myanmar: ACN gives help to Burma

Aid to the Church in Need (press release), Australia –

By John Newton CATHOLIC charity Aid to the Church in Need has announced an urgent aid package after Burma was ravaged by a cyclone that left more than 1.5 …

‘Race against the weather’

The Age, Australia –

Mr Costello was restricted to the Burma’s capital Rangoon during his visit. He said the city had been on the periphery of the cyclone but its savagery was …

Junta closes off Rangoon

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

Burma’s military rulers have thrown a tightening ring of security around Rangoon, blocking aid workers, foreign diplomats and journalists from reaching …

Utahns rally to help cyclone victims

Salt Lake Tribune, United States –

Sammy Samuels, 27, a native of Burma – the name he prefers over Myanmar – turned on his phone to find more than 20 messages. ” ‘How’s your family? …

A disaster in the making

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

In 2004 it was the tsunami; in 2008 a devastating cyclone in Burma and horrific earthquake in China. This time many thousands of people have died but our …

Myanmar official cyclone toll soars to 78000

Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –

“We are still trying to convince the authority of Burma to authorize us to go there,” Ripert said. “The ship will be off the coast of the delta, …

Cyclone victims ‘without food’

The Press Association –

But the United Nations said the relief supplies sent into Burma by the international community remain far below the needs of up to 2.5 million victims of …

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Burmese Monks Pray For Cyclone Victims

NY1, NY –

As the death toll in the cyclone-ridden nation of Myanmar doubled to nearly 78000 Friday, Burmese monks fasted outside the United Nations to pray for the …

EU envoy cautiously optimistic on getting Myanmar cooperation

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP BANGKOK, Thailand: The European Union’s development aid chief said he was cautiously optimistic that Myanmar’s military government will cooperate with …

Luxique Profits to Go to China Earthquake Relief

PR Newswire (press release), NY –

… is to mirror its support for the cyclone victims in Burma (Myanmar) with a similar effort for those affected by the devastating earthquake in China. …

UPI NewsTrack TopNews

United Press International –

The military government of the country formerly known as Burma has kept foreign aid agencies from the areas devastated by the storm, which hit two weeks ago …

Burma denounces ‘warship’

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

He dismissed as “nonsense” the request by the government of Burma that France deliver the material through airlift in Rangoon. …

Canada’s special response team waits for phone to ring

Globe and Mail, Canada –

… long-term Canadian development groups that are already in Myanmar, also known as Burma, because they were operating there before the cyclone struck. …

Asia Beat : May 15 08

The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –

While the workers were thanking her, the woman, overcome with emotion for the victims of the Burma cyclone, gave more money, for a total donation of $74000. …

More Campaign Staffers Out Because of New Ethics Policy

Washington Post, United States –

… manager Doug Davenport and Republican convention chief Doug Goodyear — for representing the military government in Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Rain deepens Myanmar misery; death toll soars

Reuters India, India –

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) – Torrential rain lashed survivors of Cyclone Nargis on Friday as Myanmar’s junta raised its toll sharply to more than …

Hunger, despair take hold in Myanmar

Globe and Mail, Canada –

Once a rich British colony known as Burma, Myanmar is now at risk of famine after the cyclone wiped out vast swathes of the country’s rice-growing delta …

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Myanmar says more than 133000 dead, missing in cyclone

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar has said that more than 133000 people were dead or missing in the cyclone disaster, nearly doubling the official toll two weeks after …

Neighbors to Press Burma on Response

Washington Post, United States –

Burma this week finally allowed a disaster assessment team from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to travel to the Irrawaddy Delta region, …

Locals mobilize for Burma relief

Contra Costa Times, CA –

We have to create it,” said Michael Gaw, 20, of Fremont, who left Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, with his family a decade ago. “Obviously, we don’t trust …

France criticizes Myanmar for barring aid ship

WBOC TV 16, MD –

AP – May 16, 2008 8:33 PM ET UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The French ambassador to the United Nations says unless Myanmar allows aid to be delivered to cyclone …

Cyclone Nargis Aid finally reaching Burma’s cyclone victims but ...

Welt Online, Germany –

Burma is also known as Myanmar. „Even in Yangon area, which is reachable by the regime, people are complaining they are not getting aid. …

China reluctant to prod ally Myanmar to ease limits on foreign …

Welt Online, Germany –

The disaster is a reminder of China’s close ties with dictatorships such as Zimbabwe, Sudan and Myanmar – also called Burma – at a time when Beijing wants …

Myanmar Accuses French Aid Ship of Being ‘Warship’

The Ledger, FL –

“I was interrupted after my first sentence by the ambassador of Myanmar, who denounced the fact that France was sending a warship to Burma,” Ripert told …

Death penalty sought in domestic violence shooting

Borglobe, Sudan –

… and the Democratic Republic of Congo – is also taking root in Asia, specifically in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma (Myanmar) and the Philippines. …

Disasters and horrific death… and nothing changes

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Now the world was watching new tragedies unfurl in China and Burma. On Wednesday, Ms Gunathilaka reflected and said she didn’t believe her village would …

France angered by Burmese delays

BBC News, UK –

“Hundreds of thousands of lives are in jeopardy and we think that the primary responsibility of the government of Myanmar (Burma) is to help and open the …

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Most survivors of cyclone are men

The Press Association –

Up to 90% of deaths in the villages worst-hit by Burma’s cyclone could have been women, children and the elderly, aid charities have said. …

POLITICS: Burma Fears Politicisation of Humanitarian Crisis

IPS, Italy –

… May 16 (IPS) – The United Nations, which has accelerated its pace of humanitarian assistance to cyclone-devastated Burma (Myanmar), is making little or …

US lawmakers ask Bush to consider Myanmar ‘intervention’

AFP –

“We now face the possible death of 2.5 million people in Burma (Myanmar). Thirteen days after the cyclone hit, there is no more time to wait,” they warned …

McCain asks staff to disclose lobbying ties

The Associated Press –

… hired to improve the image of Myanmar’s military junta. “I found out that two people had, some years ago, been involved with the government of Burma, …

Leading article: The biggest tragedy for Burma

Independent, UK –

Burma’s misfortune has been that it has suffered a natural disaster. Its tragedy has been to have a government so callous and so suspicious of the outside …

Burma raises cyclone death toll to 78000 but true figure much higher

Independent, UK –

Mr Gurtner doubted whether the 27000 volunteers of the Myanmar Red Cross Society were up to the gigantic task of providing enough clean water. …

Myanmar Native Living In Pittsburgh Worried About Family Back Home

Pittsburgh Channel.com, PA –

His wife and child are still in Myanmar. Kyi said he fled what he calls an oppressive regime in his home country, which he still refers to as Burma. …

France criticizes Myanmar for barring aid ship

The Associated Press –

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France criticized Myanmar’s military junta on Friday for refusing to allow a French Navy ship with 1500 tons of aid for victims of …

China Backs Myanmar in Resisting Demands to Take Aid (Update3)

Bloomberg –

By Demian McLean May 17 (Bloomberg) — China is backing Myanmar as it resists pressure from the US and other nations to admit more relief workers and …

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Sugar Land Issues Statement Of Sympathy For Disaster Victims

FortBendNow, TX –

On Friday afternoon, the government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, dramatically raised the death count resulting from a cyclone that hit the Southeast …

US supplies groups directly in Myanmar

The Associated Press –

The Bush administration refers to Myanmar by its traditional name, Burma, and its former capital as Rangoon instead of the junta’s “Yangon. …

Myanmar: Too little too late, warns UN, rice crops threatened

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Two weeks after Cyclone Nargis devastated parts of Burma, aid is trickling in and some relief workers have been allowed to enter the country, …

France urges stronger UN action on Myanmar

Focus News, Bulgaria –

The French envoy to the United Nations called on the world body Friday to take stronger action to persuade cyclone-hit Myanmar to open up to foreign …

Should We Invade Myanmar?

Town Hall, DC –

What will the slogan be this time: no war to deliver food in Burma? We all know the United Nations will not act in time. Too many of the world’s governments …

Myanmar: MCC seeks $500000 for cyclone response

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Contributions should be designated “Myanmar (Burma) relief and recovery” and may be made online at mcc.org/donate or at any MCC office. …

USAID Prepares Emergency Food Assistance for Haiti

PR Newswire (press release), NY –

WASHINGTON, May 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Henrietta Fore sent the director of her …

DEC agencies have been delivering vital health and medical relief …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

To make an urgent donation to its Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Appeal. Donate online: http://www.dec.org.uk or call: 0870 60 60 900. By Emergency:

ACT launches US $5.1m appeal for cyclone survivors in Myanmar (Burma)

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

BANGKOK/GENEVA, May 16, 2008 — Responding to the increasingly critical need for humanitarian relief in Myanmar (Burma), ACT International launched a …

OBI Delivers Water, Food to Burma Children

Christian Broadcasting Network, VA –

By Staci Dennis CBNNews.com – MYANMAR – Operation Blessing has teamed up with local residents, aid workers and medical staff to help get food, water and aid …

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Lutheran World Relief Efforts Reaching Those In Need In Myanmar …

Lutheran World Relief (press release), MD –

Baltimore, May 16, 2008 — Lutheran World Relief has already assisted 100000 people on the ground in Myanmar (Burma) in response to the fatal Cyclone Nargis …

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How to help

Seattle Times, United States –

US Campaign for Burma: Providing funds to groups working in Myanmar for intermediate relief rebuilding communities. Donate via http://www.uscampaignforburma.org. …

Uncertainty on kin’s fate worry Burmese in Baguio City

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

By Gobleth Moulic BAGUIO CITY – Clueless and anxious over what happened to their relatives and friends after Cyclone “Nargis” hit Burma (Myanmar), …

Myanmar Cyclone Hits Close to Home for Refugees

NewsHour –

My family was from Burma. I was born in a refugee camp on the border of Burma and Thailand. I came to the United States only 10 months ago and I came …

McCain Staffers Run Afoul of Campaign Ethics Policy

Washington Post, United States –

… regional campaign manager Doug Davenport and Republican convention chief Doug Goodyear — for representing the military government in Burma. …

Myanmar accuses France of sending ‘warship’

Reuters –

“I was interrupted after my first sentence by the ambassador of Myanmar, who denounced the fact that France was sending a warship to Burma,” Ripert told …

McCain issues new ethics policy for staff

Boston Globe, United States –

… in the past week because of their employment at a public relations and lobbying firm that represented the repressive ruling junta in Burma in the past. …

EU Calls on Myanmar Authorities to Open Humanitarian Gateway

Business Wire (press release), CA –

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, has made a strong appeal to the Myanmar authorities …

Exiled Burmese politician seeks Bay Area support

The Argus, CA –

… the Union of Burma, Win said he wants to promote community-based funding networks to help cyclone victims and free his homeland, now known as Myanmar, …

Get Out On Main Street – THIS Tuesday, May 20th!

The News Journal, DE –

Cyclone Nargis hit Burma (Myanmar) on May 2, 2008 and Red Cross has since estimated the death toll to be between 68833 and 127990. 10 days later, on May 12, …

Burma: A Fake Constitution for Suffering People

Newropeans Magazine, France –

… the Burma Irrawaddy delta on 3 May and the incompetent military response for relief efforts did not prevent the government of Myanmar from carrying out …

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Junta: 90 percent supported constitution

United Press International –

Only part of the country, formerly known as Burma, voted in Saturday’s referendum. The vote was postponed to May 24 in Yangon and the Irawaddy Delta because …

Official Death Toll In Burmese Cyclone Disaster Jumps To 78000

RTT News, NY –

The report comes a day before the Burma’s military regime is due to take foreign diplomats to tour of the Irrawaddy delta, the worst hit region. …

Do Great Stuff Supports China and Burma Disaster Relief Efforts

PR Newswire (press release), NY –

Within one week, a typhoon ravaged Myanmar, Burma, killing at least 28000, while an earthquake in western China measuring 7.2 killed more than 50000 people …

Junta rebuffs EU humanitarian Commissioner

Mizzima.com, India –

Bangkok – The European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Lois Michel has left Burma empty-handed. He failed to convince Burma’s military rulers …

Myanmar accuses France of sending ‘warship’

Reuters –

“I was interrupted after my first sentence by the ambassador of Myanmar, who denounced the fact that France was sending a warship to Burma,” Ripert told …

Death toll doubles in Myanmar cyclone, UN still in dark about …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

In an interview with the Democratic Voice of Burma, the abbot of Mandalay’s Maha Gandaryon monastery said monks were stockpiling relief supplies and getting …

Relief agencies trying to help cyclone victims Local groups …

Burlington Post, Canada –

By Ryan Bolton It has been nearly two weeks since Cyclone Nargis wreaked havoc on Myanmar and local relief organizations are still hitting a brick wall in …

Are we prepared?

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

MANILA, Philippines—The recent spate of disasters that killed and dislocated thousands of people—a cyclone that swept Burma (Myanmar), a 7.9 magnitude …

Cyclone death toll soars to 78000

Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

The official death toll for the cyclone in Myanmar has risen to almost 78000, with some 56000 reported missing, according to state television. …

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Worldwide Industrial Marketplace Responds to Asia Disasters by …

PR.com (press release), NY –

USA Today reported the deaths in Burma could reach 10000. “Both disasters are just devastating and right now getting emergency teams to survivors with food, …

Editorial: Stopping the helpers

Vail Daily News, CO –

That’s what makes the situation in Myanmar — which used to be Burma — beyond appalling. That country near India, whose people are shackled with both …

78000 dead in Myanmar 56.000 missing

Bombay News, India –

Burma’s state media say the death toll from cyclone Nargis has reached almost 78000 and that another 56000 people are missing. …

ShelterBox aids with cyclone victims

Bradenton Herald, United States –

Funds raised for the club’s ShelterBox program are assisting is the delivery of aid from the United Kingdom to the country formerly known as Burma. …

UN chief warns Myanmar death toll could soar without more aid to …

The Canadian Press, UNITED NATIONS –

UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the already horrific death in Myanmar could increase dramatically unless Myanmar’s military …

UN chief warns of increasing Myanmar death toll unless military ...

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

Ban told the UN General Assembly that he was sending UN humanitarian chief John Holmes this weekend to Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. …

Update: China, Myanmar Death Count Continue To Climb

AHN –

Beijing, China (AHN) – Disaster-ravaged neighbors China and Burma registered increases in their respective death tolls on Friday. …

India sends doctors to Burma

BBC News, UK –

“The request was made by the Myanmar government to our Ministry of External Affairs which in turn passed it on to the Ministry of Defence,” says Wing …

Burma: the misery, the fear and the secrecy

Independent, UK –

All that is known is that a Myanmar state television report today said the official death toll has jumped sharply, to 77738 from a previous figure of 43328. …

EU Aid Commissioner returns from Myanmar without concrete results

Monsters and Critics.com –

Bangkok – EU aid Commissioner Louis Michel was returning from Myanmar Friday after a two-day visit to cyclone-ravaged Myanmar, without making any concrete …

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UN to send envoy to Burma

Peterborough Examiner, Canada –

The UN secretary general has decided to dispatch his top emergency relief co-ordinator to Myanmar, if he can get a visa from the country’s military rulers. …

Negotiating aid politics

BBC News, UK –

By Mike Thomson Getting aid staff and relief supplies into Burma is already difficult. Criticise the country’s generals and it threatens to become …

Stars Come To The Aid Of Myanmar

KBS Radio, Canada –

Myanmar, still recognized as Burma by many nations, has been under the strict military rule of Senior General Than Shwe since 1992.

Junta ‘hiding Burma tragedy scale’

guardian.co.uk, UK –

Burma’s military leaders have been accused of deliberately keeping the full plight of suffering cyclone survivors from aid agencies. …

‘They must help us help them’: EU official on Myanmar

EUbusiness (press release), UK –

(BANGKOK) – The European Union’s humanitarian aid chief on Friday said the international community should press Myanmar to speed up the relief and recovery …

UN chief: Myanmar death toll could rise without more aid to help …

International Herald Tribune, France –

Ripert said it was “unacceptable” and warned that refusing to allow aid to be delivered to people in need or in danger in the country, also known as Burma, …

Burma: Aid at the Point of a Gun

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

Now, the question is whether the R2P could intervene in Myanmar, or formerly known as Burma, when reports reach the UN that the military junta is preventing …

Rain deepens Myanmar misery; death toll spikes

National Post, Canada –

In a shock update to a death toll that had consistently lagged behind international aid agency estimates, state television in the army-ruled former Burma …

Myanmar Cyclones and the Michigan Storm of 1998

Associated Content, CO –

By Mar, published May 16, 2008 We in the US watch in horror as the death toll escalates from the cyclone in Myanmar, Burma. Or do we? …

Official Myanmar death toll increases to 78000

Afrique en ligne, France –

The majority of the casualties from the cyclone having taken place in Burma. Only once rescue workers reached the hardest hit areas of the storm did they …

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Death Toll Rises in Myanmar as Torrential Rains Lash the …

Vatican Radio, The Vatican –

Despite the latest storm, which is likely to turn already damaged roads to mud in the region, the former Burma’s ruling generals insist their relief …

Brown clarifies Burma remarks

Famagusta Gazette, Cyprus –

MAY.08 The British Prime Minister’s office has clarified earlier comments that the UN was organising an emergency summit on Burma’s cyclone disaster. …

UN: UNITED NATIONS BRIEFING AND TV – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS …

MaximsNews Network, NY –

Question: When Mr. Holmes was here last week, he indicated that he probably wouldn’t be going to Myanmar. Did something change between then and now? …

Myanmar says more than 133000 dead, missing in cyclone

Tolerance.ca, Canada –

Michel has warned that the impoverished country, once a rich British colony known as Burma, is at risk of famine after Cyclone Nargis wiped out vast swathes …

Church group moves swiftly in wake of Myanmar cyclone

Nashua Telegraph, NH –

The people of Myanmar certainly need every little bit of help. The cyclone that hit the Asian country formerly known as Burma killed more than 43000 people, …

Myanmar cyclone: Burma death toll jumps to 78000

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

By Thomas Bell, South East Asia Correspondent, and Martina Smit The official death toll of the cyclone disaster in Burma has risen to 78000, …

Red Cross: Burma Water Lack Deadly

TIME –

16, 2008 By AP The international Red Cross says a lack of clean water will be the biggest killer in Burma in the coming days. …

Red Cross appeal for Burma donations

Ross-Shire Journal, UK –

It is ready to accept donations from members of the public so that the DEC can rapidly scale up its emergency response to the cyclone which hit Myanmar. …

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Burma survivor stories are told

CBBC Newsround, UK –

The sad stories of some of the survivors of the cyclone in Burma are being told for the first time. The country has been devastated by Cyclone Nargis and …

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Digging out after quake
TheChronicleHerald.ca, Canada –
… earlier in May by the military authorities in neighbouring Myanmar, also known as Burma, the Chinese government reacted swiftly to the natural disaster. …
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Myanmar and Catanduanes
Catanduanes Tribune, Philippines –
With the death toll rising in last week’s typhoon in Myanmar (also known as Burma), any other living Catandungeño, by experience, would have no defined way, …
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United States Rushing Aid Flights to China, Burma
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More US relief flights also are headed to Burma and, separately, the United States is sending 500000 metric tons of food assistance to North Korea, …
US supplies groups directly in Myanmar The Associated Press
Pilot Describes First Myanmar Relief Flight Aero-News Network
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China, Myanmar challenge us to help; heed the call
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In the former Burma, a medieval-minded military junta keeps out most foreign aid workers, while mountains and ruined roads frustrate efforts to reach those …
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Sundance Photographic Workshops Supporting China and Burma …
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Within the span of one week, a typhoon ravaged Myanmar, Burma, killing at least 28000, while an earthquake in western China measuring 7.2 killed more than …
PHOTO ADVISORY — Sundance Photographic Workshops StreetInsider.com (subscription)
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Myanmar designer weaves hope for Japan’s immigrants
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Mercy Corps defends Chevron gift to aid Myanmar
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Yes,” said Jeremy Woodrum, director of the US Campaign for Burma, a Washington, DC-based group opposed to Myanmar’s regime. “But they’re not the ones at …CVX
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Myanmar Cyclone Leaves 500000 Children Needing Help (Update2)
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Before the cyclone struck, about one in three children in the country formerly known as Burma were already malnourished, according to the UN. …
Myanmar: Thousands of children lost and in danger ReliefWeb (press release)
Cyclone Nargis impact ‘bigger than tsunami’ NEWS.com.au
‘Race against the weather’ The Age
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In Burma, good intentions are no match for thuggery
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By AUSTIN BAY How many people have died in Burma (Myanmar) since Cyclone Nargis struck the South Asian nation on May 3? Friday, Burman’s dictatorship …
Burma Global Action Network Urges Efficient Aid for the … PR.com (press release)
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Luxique Profits to Go to China Earthquake Relief
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… is to mirror its support for the cyclone victims in Burma (Myanmar) with a similar effort for those affected by the devastating earthquake in China. …
Ottawa’s dollar-match promise sparks plea for donations
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As the death toll in both countries has climbed, to 200000 by some estimates in Myanmar, formerly called Burma, and 50000 in China, concerns among the …
Canada’s special response team waits for phone to ring Globe and Mail
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Locals mobilize for Burma relief
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We have to create it,” said Michael Gaw, 20, of Fremont, who left Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, with his family a decade ago. “Obviously, we don’t trust …
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Repression plumbs new depths under Burma’s Than Shwe
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In Than Shwe’s Burma (which he caused to be renamed Myanmar), repression has plumbed new depths. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is under house arrest, …
Exiled Burmese politician seeks Bay Area support The Argus
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The deluge to come The Australian
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1. MUSIC FOR MYANMAR
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(CONCERT) Local musicians and radio DJs are putting on a show at the Rock and Roll Hotel to benefit cyclone-ravaged Burma, also known as Myanmar. …
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News-starved Burmese snap up grim cyclone videos
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Two weeks after Nargis struck, the former Burma’s military rulers have admitted that nearly 78000 people were killed and another 56000 are missing after one …
Still reeling from military junta, Burma a mess after cyclone Southeast Asian Press Alliance
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UK gives £12m more aid to Burma
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Donations to the DEC Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Appeal have now surpassed £6m. Chief executive Brendan Gormley said he could not stress enough the vital …
Britain pledges more aid for Myanmar cyclone victims AFP
British prime minister seeks emergency UN summit on Myanmar aid International Herald Tribune
Burma: Britain pledges extra £12m The Press Association
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‘Our holiday to Burma will haunt us forever’
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… the heart-breaking human suffering and utter desperation left in the wake of Burma’s (also known as Myanmar) deadly cyclone earlier this month. …
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Hunger, despair take hold in Myanmar
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Once a rich British colony known as Burma, Myanmar is now at risk of famine after the cyclone wiped out vast swathes of the country’s rice-growing delta …
Canada sending aid shipment to Myanmar AFP
Canadian Forces plane carrying aid for Myanmar arrives in Bangkok The Canadian Press
Canadian shelter kits close to reaching Burmese CTV.ca
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An Asean ‘Coalition of Mercy’
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… advice to his counterpart in Burma (Myanmar), Foreign Minister Nyan Win, on the matter of assistance and support for the victims of cyclone Nargis. …
Burma’s neighbors step in Christian Science Monitor
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Myanmar’s mishandling of cyclone disaster deals latest blow to ASEAN International Herald Tribune
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 17, 2008 at 4:24 am

Rain pushes Myanmar death toll higher

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By Aung Hla Tun Fri May 16, 7:28 PM ET

YANGON (Reuters) – Torrential rain lashed survivors of Cyclone Nargis on Friday as Myanmar‘s junta raised its toll sharply to more than 133,000 people dead or missing, putting the disaster on a par with a 1991 cyclone that killed 143,000 in neighboring Bangladesh.

In a shocking update to a count that had consistently lagged international aid agency estimates, state television said 77,738 people were dead and 55,917 missing after the May 2 storm in the military-ruled country formerly known as Burma.

Up to 2.5 million survivors are clinging to life in the low-lying Irrawaddy delta, with thousands of people lining roadsides to beg for help in the absence of large-scale government or foreign relief operations.

In the town of Kunyangon, 100 km (60 miles) southwest of Yangon, men, women and children stood in the mud and rain, their hands clasped together in supplication to the occasional passing aid vehicle.

“The situation has worsened in just two days,” one aid volunteer said as children mobbed his vehicle, reaching through the window for scraps of bread or clothing.

The generals insist their relief operations are running smoothly, justifying their refusal to allow major aid distribution by outside agencies and workers to victims of the cyclone, which flooded an area the size of Austria.

The junta issued an edict in state-run media saying legal action would be taken against anybody found hoarding or selling relief supplies, amid rumors of military units expropriating trucks of food, blankets and water.

Aid groups, including U.N. agencies, say only a fraction of the required relief is getting through and, unless the situation improves, thousands more lives are at risk.

Given the junta’s ban on foreign journalists and restrictions on the movement of most international aid workers, independent assessment of the situation is difficult.

RECLUSIVE REGIME

The United Nations said its top humanitarian official, John Holmes, would arrive in Myanmar on Sunday to try to establish contact with its reclusive generals, the latest face of 46 years of unbroken military rule.

“I understand that he’s now scheduled to meet with the prime minister of Myanmar (Thein Sein) on Sunday,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an interview on U.S. television.

U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said Holmes was carrying a third letter from Ban to the junta’s senior general, Than Shwe, who has repeatedly ignored Ban’s requests for a conversation.

Four U.S. C-130 planes landed in Yangon on Friday and “two of the shipments were handed directly” to non-governmental organizations, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.

He did not name the NGOs but said there was progress because this was the first time Myanmar’s government had not taken possession of some of the U.S. aid.

“We’re planning four to five flights for both Saturday and Sunday and it is our hope that some of those shipments, again, will be handed over directly to international NGOs,” he said.

Myanmar’s government was organizing a trip for diplomats to the affected areas this weekend, McCormack added.

In a sign of the tensions between the generals and the international community, Myanmar’s U.N. envoy accused France of sending a warship to his country. France’s U.N. ambassador said the junta was on the verge of a “crime against humanity.”

French envoy Jean-Maurice Ripert said the ship is operated by the French navy but is not a warship. It is carrying 1,500 metric tons of food and medicine as well as small boats, helicopters and field hospital platforms.

“We are still trying to convince the authority of Burma to authorize us to go there,” Ripert said. “The ship will be off the coast of the delta, but in international waters, tomorrow. We still hope they will not refuse that.”

Two weeks after the storm, ordinary people in Myanmar were taking matters into their own hands, sending trucks into the delta with clothes, biscuits, dried noodles and rice provided by private companies and individuals.

‘TIME IS LIFE’

With international pressure and outrage at the generals’ intransigence growing, the European Union‘s top aid official flew to Yangon to push for more access for foreign aid workers and relief operations.

Like so many envoys before him, the EU’s Louis Michel came away empty-handed but continued to urge the junta to shelve its pride and paranoia about the outside world.

“Time is life,” he told reporters at Bangkok airport. “No government in the world can tackle such a problem alone. This is a major catastrophe.”

Many refugees, crammed into monasteries, schools and other temporary shelters after the devastating storm, have already contracted diarrhea, dysentery and skin infections.

Officials said one international health agency had confirmed cholera in the delta, although the number of cases was in line with normal levels at this time of year in a region where the disease is endemic.

“We don’t have an explosion of cholera,” World Health Organisation official Maureen Birmingham said in Bangkok.

Earlier, the generals signaled they would not budge on their position of limiting foreign access to the delta, fearful that doing so might loosen their grip on power.

“We have already finished our first phase of emergency relief. We are going onto the second phase, the rebuilding stage,” state television quoted Prime Minister Thein Sein as telling his Thai counterpart this week.

(Additional reporting by Ed Cropley and Darren Schuettler in Bangkok, Susan Cornwell in Washington and Louis Charbonneau at the United Nations; writing by Ed Cropley and John O’Callaghan; editing by Chris Wilson and Mohammad Zargham)

(For more stories on Myanmar cyclone follow the link to Reuters AlertNet http:/www.alertnet.org )

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 17, 2008 at 3:05 am