Burma: Cyclone updated top news (29 May 2008)
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta lashed out at offers of foreign aid on Thursday, criticizing donors’ demands for access to the Irrawaddy delta and saying Cyclone Nargis’ 2.4 million victims could “stand by themselves.”
YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s isolationist regime has approved all pending visas for U.N. relief workers to enter the country, the United Nations said Thursday, nearly a month after a cyclone left more than 2 million people in need of aid.
Washington Post –
By William Branigin The United States is prepared to step up deliveries of relief supplies to Burma from Navy ships off the coast of the cyclone-ravaged nation but cannot wait much longer for permission from Burma’s military rulers, the commander of US …
US commander: Navy ships likely to leave Myanmar The Associated Press
Myanmar Still Refuses US Navy Assistance In Delivering Relief Supplies AHN
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Reuters India –
MANILA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s foreign minister chided Myanmar on Wednesday for extending the detention of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, the first criticism of the junta’s move by a fellow Southeast Asian nation.
Myanmar junta extends Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention WELT ONLINE
Burma junta closes door on Suu Kyi Toronto Star
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UNITED NATIONS, May 28 (Xinhua) — More than 40 percent of the 2.4 million cyclone survivors in Myanmar have received some type of assistance from local, national or international actors, the United Nations said Wednesday.
UN says raised 60 pct of targeted Myanmar aid Reuters
Myanmar cyclone victims short of food The Daily Yomiuri
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BBC – Wed May 28, 9:34 AM ET
A team of Burmese volunteers distribute food and medicine to people in the Irrawaddy delta.
AP – Wed May 28, 3:25 PM ET
PYAPON, Myanmar – It’s not much, but the flimsy bamboo lean-to on the side of the road is all Aye Shwe has to keep his family dry. They lost their home to the cyclone and may soon be uprooted again — this time by soldiers ordering them to leave.
Wed May 28, 2:19 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. warships will soon leave waters near Myanmar if the junta does not allow the American military to deliver food, water and other aid to cyclone survivors, a U.S. commander said on Wednesday.
NPR – Wed May 28, 6:00 AM ET
Myanmar’s military government is allowing international aid workers into the areas hardest hit by Cyclone Nargis. Medical workers say there is no evidence so far of a feared “second wave” of deaths resulting from malnutrition and disease.
BBC – Wed May 28, 8:39 AM ET
Burma’s rulers have renewed pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention order for 12 months.
BBC – Wed May 28, 8:37 AM ET
The UN secretary general has spoken out against Burma’s decison to renew Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest.