Burma: Cyclone updated top news (20 May 2008)
The Press Association –
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to Burma to press for speedy relief for 75% of those affected by Cyclone Nargis who have received no help.
Burma junta relents on disaster The Age
Myanmar mourns dead as UN reports aid progress National Post
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Washington Post –
Burma officials have invited representatives of several countries to visit the cyclone-hit delta in a bid to deflect criticism that it is mismanaging relief operations.
World Bank Says No Aid to Burma Voice of America
UN head expected to meet Myanmar junta leader The Associated Press
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ic Wales –
“The scale of this emergency is difficult to comprehend, despite the news reports that we are getting from Myanmar (Burma). I don’t think I’ll really be able to understand the situation until I’m out there.” Jess, who is originally from Edinburgh, …
WRAPUP 2-Myanmar mourns cyclone victims; aid pressure grows Reuters India
Slow progress as Myanmar diplomatic efforts intensify Monsters and Critics.com
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Soon after its independence from Britain in 1948, Myanmar — then known as Burma — was the world’s largest rice exporter.
Flags at half-mast in Myanmar amid aid pressure Reuters India
Myanmar begins 3 days of mourning Inquirer.net
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YANGON, Myanmar – The U.N.’s top humanitarian official made fresh pleas to Myanmar’s military government Tuesday to allow in more foreign aid for cyclone survivors, as the country began three days of mourning for the 134,000 dead and missing.
Mon May 19, 2:11 PM ET
GENEVA – The disasters in China and Myanmar underscore the need to improve construction of hospitals and schools so they can withstand high winds and earthquakes, the head of the U.N. health agency said Monday.
Myanmar Mourns Victims of Cyclone New York Times
Myanmar mourns for 78000 cyclone victims The Associated Press
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YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar‘s junta, facing global outrage for spurning international assistance, appeared to relent Monday, saying it would allow its Asian neighbors to oversee the distribution of foreign relief to cyclone survivors.
It also approved a visit byand prepared to host a meeting of aid donors, while claiming that losses from the May 2-3 disaster exceeded $10 billion…….
Seattle Post Intelligencer
By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) – Army-ruled Myanmar started three days of mourning on Tuesday for the 134000 dead and missing from Cyclone Nargis as diplomats pressed the reclusive generals to speed up aid to 2.4 million survivors.
Myanmar Is Said to Allow Aid Efforts by Neighbors New York Times
Myanmar agrees to accept ASEAN cyclone aid CNN International
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Burma has bowed to weeks of diplomatic pressure and allowed in medical teams from neighbouring countries to help the survivors of Cyclone Nargis.
Smith welcomes ASEAN aid deal for Burma ABC Online
International sea convoy awaits mediation by Asian bloc to deliver … International Herald Tribune
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Voice of America
Voice of America –
Mr. Ban’s spokeswoman, Michele Montas, said Monday that the secretary-general would go directly to the areas hardest hit by Cyclone Nargis when he arrives in Burma – also known as Myanmar – on Thursday. “His objective is to reinforce the ongoing aid …
UN Chief to Visit Cyclone-Ravaged Myanmar NPR
UN humanitarian official arrives in Burma Radio Australia
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The Southern Ledger
It was hoped the junta would waive visa requirements for relief agencies based in Burma. But with time running out for two million survivors in the Irrawaddy delta threatened with disease and starvation, he feared that the agreement with the Burmese …
More Aid Needed For Burma Voice of America
Can Lord Malloch-Brown help Burma? Telegraph.co.uk
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