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Burma: Cyclone updated news (9 May 2008)

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FinalCall.com

UN Suspends Aid Supplies to Myanmar
New York Times –
By SETH MYDANS BANGKOK – The United Nations suspended relief supplies to Myanmar on Friday after the military government seized the food and equipment it had already sent into the country.

As food aid is halted, pressure grows on Myanmar military Monsters and Critics.com
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$3 million Burma aid pathetic: Downer
ABC Online –
Australia’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Burma has drawn the indignation of the former foreign minister, Alexander Downer.
Burma aid blockages could be ‘catastrophic’ Telegraph.co.uk
Burmese Government Slows Relief Efforts Washington Post
Christian Science MonitorBBC NewsBlackpool GazetteVoice of America
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FinalCall.com

Myanmar turns back Qatari cyclone rescue team
Reuters –
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta turned back a disaster rescue team that arrived in Yangon from Qatar because the flight only had permission to deliver aid supplies, an official paper said on Friday.

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UN blasts Myanmar for visa policy on aid workers
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – The United Nations says Myanmar’s refusal to give visas to relief experts is “unprecedented” in the history of humanitarian work.

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Alalam News Network

Myanmar pressed to let aid in
Aljazeera.net –
Myanmar ‘s military government has allowed in the first major international aid shipment but turned away American aid. The UN said it was “disappointed” with Myanmar over its failure to allow foreign relief workers and supplies into the country quickly
Myanmar says ‘not ready’ for foreign aid workers AFP
Myanmar Rulers’ Cyclone Response May Be Shaped by Superstition Bloomberg
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UN demands Myanmar drop barriers to aid
International Herald Tribune –
By Andy Newman and Seth Mydans UNITED NATIONS: With 1.5 million people in Myanmar now believed to be facing the threat of starvation and disease and with relief efforts still largely stymied by the country’s isolationist military rulers,
Video: Questions About Aid Plague Myanmar Cyclone AssociatedPress

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 9, 2008 at 6:20 am

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (8 May 2008)

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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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Telegraph.co.uk

ANALYSIS-Cyclone unlikely to spell disaster for Myanmar junta
Reuters –
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

Aid agencies are rushing to get supplies to those who survived Cyclone Nargis. [AFP]

Aid agencies are rushing to get supplies to those who survived Cyclone Nargis. [AFP]

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.

Aid push

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.”

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm

World Focus on Burma (8 May 08) part 2

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Burmese Government Approves US Military Relief Flight

Voice of America –

By VOA News Burma’s military government has given permission for a US military plane to deliver emergency aid to survivors of last week’s cyclone that …

Aid flights to take off for Myanmar

Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran – … to deliver 20 tons of relief five days after Cyclone Nargis spawned widespread death and desperation in Myanmar, which was formerly known as Burma. …

First UN relief flight lands in Myanmar after 2 day delay

Town Hall, DC –

The U.N.’s World Food Program says one of its planes has landed in Myanmar as part of the first major international airlift of aid to cyclone victims.

UN still waiting for permission to send food aid into Burma

CBC.ca, Canada – A fourth shipment of biscuits aboard a Thai Airways cargo flight is expected to deliver food aid to Burma, also known as Myanmar, later Thursday, he said. …

Central Floridians reach out to relatives in Myanmar

Orlando Sentinel, FL –

But Saturday’s cyclone has brought natives of Myanmar — also known as Burma — closer together. “We pray for their suffering,” said Than Chokun Sunan, …

Aid Arrives in Myanmar as Cyclone Death Toll Rises (Update3)

Bloomberg –

By Ed Johnson and Demian McLean May 8 (Bloomberg) — Emergency aid began arriving in Myanmar in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, as the United Nations said …

DEATH TOLL COULD HIT 100000 IN MYANMAR

Orlando Sentinel, FL –

The UN said about 1 million people were left homeless in the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma. Some local aid workers said heavily flooded areas …

‘I knew I’d lost my family,’ says Burma fisherman

Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –

Myanmar’s military government says at least 10 000 people died in Bogalay alone. Twenty soldiers guarded meagre supplies of rice and instant noodles in a …

Cyclone Hits Pig Industry

ThePigSite.com, UK –

MYANMAR – The recent cyclone in Myanmar (Burma) is expected to severely hit the country’s agriculture and aquaculture industries. The five affected states …

Severe Weather Threatens South

AccuWeather.com –

With the rainy monsoon season underway, rain and thunderstorms will continue to periodically wet Myanmar, also known as Burma, through the weekend. …

Local aid going to cyclone zone

Peterborough Examiner, Canada –

Local aid organizations are joining forces with their international branches to provide relief to Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Cincinnati Enquirer, OH – In Myanmar, formally known as Burma, a paranoid and corrupt military junta apparently would rather risk mass starvation and outbreaks of disease than accept …

Reuters AlertNet, UK – … that the storm had intensified significantly over the previous six hours and was expected to come ashore in Myanmar (Burma) in the evening of May 2. …

Reuters AlertNet, UK – A disaster unfolded in Myanmar (Burma) in early May 2008, as Cyclone Nargis swept over the Irrawaddy River Delta, pummeling the area with high winds, …

Las Vegas Review – Journal, NV – … Cuba, Zimbabwe, Libya, Burma (Myanmar), Turkmenistan, Iran, Belarus, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Guineau-Bissau, and the Republic of the Congo. …

Daily – University of Washington, WA – By Editorial Staff The death toll has reached 100000 in Myanmar (Burma) since Cyclone Nargis hit this past weekend, and international aid is only now …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland – The Estonian Foreign Ministry is helping people in Burma (also known as Myanmar) who are suffering in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis with 500000 kroons, …

Myanmar places votes before relief Asia Times Online, Hong Kong – Burma News International (BNI) – an umbrella group of more than 10 publications and agencies – which interviewed more than 2000 voters across the county, …

OneNewsNow, MS – Burma — also known as Myanmar — is almost exclusively a Buddhist country, says Yohannan. He is also appealing for prayers and financial support as GFA …

Ekklesia, UK – The Church sent an immediate solidarity grant of £10000 to the Methodist Church in Myanmar and has launched a joint appeal with MRDF. …

Reuters AlertNet, UK – A disaster unfolded in Myanmar (Burma) in early May 2008, as Cyclone Nargis swept over the Irrawaddy River Delta, pummeling the area with high winds, …

Las Vegas Review – Journal, NV – … Cuba, Zimbabwe, Libya, Burma (Myanmar), Turkmenistan, Iran, Belarus, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Guineau-Bissau, and the Republic of the Congo. …

Voice of America – By VOA News Burma’s military government has given permission for a US military plane to deliver emergency aid to survivors of last week’s cyclone that …

Daily – University of Washington, WA – By Editorial Staff The death toll has reached 100000 in Myanmar (Burma) since Cyclone Nargis hit this past weekend, and international aid is only now …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The Estonian Foreign Ministry is helping people in Burma (also known as Myanmar) who are suffering in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis with 500000 kroons, …

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –

Burma News International (BNI) – an umbrella group of more than 10 publications and agencies – which interviewed more than 2000 voters across the county, …

Ekklesia, UK – The Church sent an immediate solidarity grant of £10000 to the Methodist Church in Myanmar and has launched a joint appeal with MRDF. …

Edmonton Sun, Canada –

By THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Canadian aid agencies stepped up efforts to get relief for cyclone-hit Myanmar yesterday, with a group of agencies …

Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –

The decision is a surprise given the huge distrust and acrimony between the former Burma’s generals and Washington. A US embassy official in Bangkok says …

Fears for the lives of 17 Britons after Burma cyclone disaster

Mirror.co.uk, UK –

By Mirror.co.uk 8/05/2008 Fears are growing for the wellbeing of 17 Britons missing since Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar ( Burma ). …

Myanmar disaster boosts pulse crop prices

StarPhoenix, Canada –

With Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, a major exporter of pulses to India and other South Asian countries, the price of pulse crops has risen recently, …

Minden woman fears for nephew abroad

Reno Gazette Journal, NV –

… formerly called Burma, borders China, Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh, and India with the Bay of Bengal to the southwest. Doctors in Myanmar told Dhindsa …

Bodies rot in cyclone-hit Burma

Independent Online, South Africa –

Kanyinkone, Myanmar – Piles of rotting corpses are stacking up in remote villages of Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta, with residents saying they don’t have enough …

German Aid Group Puts Burma Cyclone Death Toll at 50000

Deutsche Welle, Germany –

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy said survivors were in “urgent need” of foreign assistance but the White House …

• Desperate nation

Waterloo Record, Canada –

… in Myanmar is growing “increasingly horrendous,” say diplomats on the ground in the notoriously closed Southeast Asian nation, formerly known as Burma. …

Burma cyclone death toll continues to rise

Radio Australia, Australia –

“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. …

Burma approves US military aid flights

Special Broadcasting Service, Australia –

“We have helped the Americans to talk to the Myanmar (Burma) government to allow US planes … to fly humanitarian aid to Myanmar. …

VIDEO: Cyclone death toll may top 100000

Reuters AlertNet, UK –

May 7 – More than 100000 people are now thought to have perished in a powerful Cyclone which devastated Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta region. …

VENTING /vent?ing/ vt to give free play or expression to an …

Edmonton Journal, Canada –

Why does the media constantly need to remind us that Myanmar used to be called Burma? That’s like saying, “Meanwhile in Montreal, formerly Hochelaga . …

The United States, a vocal critic of the military junta that has ruled Burma, also known as Myanmar, for more than four decades, said humanitarian access …

Seventeen Britons missing in Burma since cyclone hit as death toll …

Mail on Sunday, UK –

Three planes loaded with vital UN emergency supplies for Myanmar’s cyclone victims were delayed otoday, awaiting clearance from the military government …

Cyclone toll likely to grow as aid delayed

Calgary Herald, Canada –

While much is on hold, some international aid is trickling into Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The Thai government was allowed to bring in a planeload of …

Desperate call goes out for aid

Canoe.ca, Canada –

By SHARON LEM, SUN MEDIA Canadian charitable groups are extending a hand to cyclone victims in Myanmar who are in dire need of food, shelter, drinking water …

Myanmar junta allows US military relief flights

TREND Information, Azerbaijan –

The decision is a surprise given the huge distrust and acrimony between the former Burma’s generals and Washington, which has imposed tough sanctions to try …

Myanmar allows US relief, 100000 feared to be dead

Hürriyet, Turkey –

UN officials estimated some 1 million people had been left homeless in Myanmar , which also is known as Burma . Cyclone Nargis, which means “daffodil” in …

BURMA AUTHORIZES US MILITARY FLIGHTS CARRYING AID

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, Italy –

“We have helped the Americans to contact the Myanmar government because their planed are taking part in the Cobra Gold manoeuvres and it would allow them to …

Burma cyclone: 17 Britons still missing

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

The authorities in Burma – called Myanmar by its military rulers – have allowed US military planes carrying aid to land in the cyclone-hit country, …

Local Help for Myanmar Victims

KHNL-TV/KHBC/KOGG, HI –

“Mostly cash because for us to be sending, it’ll cost a lot in shipment from Honolulu to Burma, so we’re trying to save that cost and get most of the items …

China urges Myanmar to work with intl community on aid

The Associated Press –

BEIJING (AP) — China has urged close ally Myanmar to work with the international community to recover from a cyclone that killed tens of thousands. …

Del. couple hoping disaster brings change

The News Journal, DE –

“From Thailand or Bangkok, to fly to Burma is only an hour,” he said. But their time in Myanmar “was strictly a holiday.” In a land of pagodas and temples, …

Myanmar: First visas issued to relief teams

Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –

IRIN, Bangkok – The news may ease frustration that efforts to help some one million survivors of Myanmar’s catastrophic cyclone are being hindered by the …

Burma blocking UN emergency aid

The Press Association –

Burma’s isolationist government is blocking United Nations efforts to airlift urgently needed food aid to survivors of the cyclone which may have killed …

Cyclone cracks Myanmar junta’s isolation

United Press International –

But help has begun to reach people in the main city of Yangon and elsewhere in the Southeast Asian country, formerly known as Burma, which since the 1962 …

Burma lets cyclone aid into country

The Australian, Australia –

“We have helped the Americans to talk to the Myanmar (Burma) government to allow US planes … to fly humanitarian aid to Myanmar. …

Desperate survivors fight for food

Globe and Mail, Canada –

BANGKOK — Fighting erupted among starving survivors of the Myanmar cyclone yesterday as the military junta continued to prevent relief workers from …

Aid trickles into Myanmar, but more than a million in need

Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –

The first United Nations relief flights have begun arriving in Myanmar to help victims of Cyclone Nargis, with about 5000 square kilometres of the Irrawaddy …

After the cyclone, Burmese face further woes at the hands of their …

Vancouver Sun, Canada –

As if a devastating natural disaster weren’t enough, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, now seems on the verge of a disaster of human provenance. …

Aid flights wait to take off for

CNN International –

The country’s name was changed from Burma to Myanmar in 1989, but many who do not recognize the current government still use its former name. …

UN: Myanmar blocks UN emergency airlift for cyclone victims

The Associated Press –

UN officials estimated some 1 million people had been left homeless in Myanmar, which also is known as Burma. Some aid workers said heavily flooded areas …

Editorial: Myanmar’s man-made disaster

Dallas Morning News, TX –

Yet days after the cyclone’s landfall, the paranoid generals who run Myanmar – also known as Burma – are still letting only a trickle of international …

Aid agencies continue pressure on Burma

ABC Online, Australia –

Sporadic power and water supplies returned to parts of Myanmar’s biggest city Rangoon and the prices of basic food dropped, signals of a gradual recovery …

Local Burmese groups help cyclone victims

abc7news.com, CA –

Dozens gathered in Fremont to figure out an action plan to help friends and family in the country they still call ‘Burma.’ Those in Fremont found the …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 8, 2008 at 10:14 am

World Focus on Burma (8 May 08)

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Leader Post
Will Burma (Myanmar) let world in for aid?
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
Phnom Penh, Cambodia – The military government in Burma (Myanmar) is receiving an outpouring of emergency aid offers from the international community, …
Political Obstacles Slow Disaster Aid for Myanmar U.S. News & World Report
Myanmar cyclone toll rises but relief effort lags Los Angeles Times
Myanmar cyclone toll climbs to nearly 22500 ABS CBN News
ABC NewsAFP
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Christian Science Monitor
Can disaster loosen junta’s grip in Burma (Myanmar)?
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
Phnom Penh, Cambodia – The first test of how the people of Burma (Myanmar) view their government’s slow response to the devastating May 3 cyclone could come …

New York Daily News
Cyclone dead tops 22500
Arab Times, Kuwait –
“American citizens in cyclone-affected areas should strongly consider departing Burma (Myanmar) on commercially available flights. …
Video: Cyclone Death Toll Surges; Bush Presses for Aid AssociatedPress China’s $1M Donation to Myanmar May Boost Image, But Not Sway … ABC News
US increases cyclone aid for Myanmar The Associated Press
Economic TimesThe Herald
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Devastating cyclone brings winds of change to Burma
South Asian Post, Canada, Canada – … are rallying to help the victims of Cyclone Nargis after the military junta in Burma (Myanmar) agreed earlier this week to accept international aid. …
Myanmar Survivors Face Disease as Relief Awaits Entry (Update3) Bloomberg
Red tape threatens Burma relief efforts Toronto Star
Comment by Tion Kwa Bernard Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society
SwissinfoNew Zealand Herald
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United Church Launches Emergency Appeal for Burma (Myanmar)
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
On May 2-3 Burma (Myanmar) was struck by the worst Asian cyclone since 1991, triggering a storm surge and flooding in the five worst hit states, …
CWS initial emergency appeal: Myanmar (Burma) cyclone Nargis response ReliefWeb (press release)
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EU parliament head assails Myanmar junta for sticking to …
JURIST – In a statement [text], Poettering said: We all are aware of the terrible consequences of the tropical storm, which hit Burma/Myanmar last Sunday, …

Times Now.tv
Myanmar under pressure to open its borders to aid
Reuters UK, UK –
The United States, a vocal critic of the military junta that has ruled the former Burma for more than four decades, said humanitarian access should not be a …
Bloggers describe ‘sad moment’ for Myanmar CNN
Fears Burma storm toll could soar BBC News
Burma cyclone: death toll ‘could be 100000’ Telegraph.co.uk
USA TodayNDTV.com
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Emergency in Burma (Myanmar): TSF Asia still on standby
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland – A TSF team is actually on stand-by and ready to deploy to Burma following the deadly path of category 3 cyclone Nargis. Initial reports announce 22 000 …

WHDH-TV
Locals with loved ones in Myanmar mount urgent drive to help
Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN –
Along with her husband, Aung Koe, Thu left what was then known as Burma when the military government seized control in the late 1980s. …
5000 sq km of Burma underwater Melbourne Herald Sun
Burma junta drags its feet over visas for aid workers as cyclone Times Online
UN gets Myanmar permit for emergency aid flight Reuters
Canada.comAFP
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Prayer for Burma – the aftermath
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
The tropical cyclone Nargis that struck Burma (Myanmar) a few days ago has been described as being even more devastating to this area than the tsunami that …
CRWRC RESPONDS TO BURMA CYCLONE SURVIVORS’ FOOD NEEDS
Worldwide Faith News (press release), NY –
Financial donations for CRWRC’s “Burma/Myanmar Cylcone 2008” can be given at http://www.crwrc.org or by calling 1-800-55-CRWRC. Checks can be mailed to: CRWRC, …
Aid agencies accepting Myanmar cyclone relief donations The Associated Press
Cyclone Nargis Devastates Myanmar: ADRA Responds Reuters AlertNet
Aid agencies accepting Myanmar cyclone relief donations Boston Globe
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Hillary Clinton urges Myanmar to let aid workers in
Malaysia Sun, Malaysia –
‘I call on the junta that has ruled Burma (Myanmar) for so many years to please, please, let the rest of the world in to help.’ Myanmar, also known as Burma …

PRESS TV
Indian Forecasters Gave Burma Advance Warning of Cyclone Nargis
Voice of America – … with subsequent bulletins as well as an e-mailed warning when it became apparent that Cyclone Nargis was going to strike Burma, also known as Myanmar. …
Lack of radar hampered Myanmar cyclone warning, UN weather agency says International Herald Tribune
India alerted Myanmar 36 hours before cyclone hit NDTV.com
Indian weather department says it warned Myanmar about cyclone threat The Canadian Press
Earthtimes (press release)Times Online
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Caritas accepting donations towards Cyclone nargis relief
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand – Catholic humanitarian agency Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is accepting donations towards relief in Burma/Myanmar where cyclone Nargis has killed at least …
Emergency appeal for Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar ReliefWeb (press release)
CRS Supports Emergency Relief Efforts for Thousands in Myanmar Reuters AlertNet
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AFP
Rice says Myanmar crisis ‘not a matter of politics’
AFP –
“And the junta should please open its doors and let the international community provide humanitarian assistance to the people in Burma because they need it …

Monsters and Critics.com
Aid begins to trickle into cyclone-ravaged Myanmar
Los Angeles Times, CA –
Organizations that have been able to start working most quickly are those that already had a presence in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
Ease Travel Restriction Of Refugees, Says Myanmar Exile Leaders Bernama
In photos: ‘Burma Tropical Cyclone Nargis Damage’ Monsters and Critics.com
Children who survived Cyclone now at risk from infectious diseases Scoop.co.nz (press release)
UNICEF (press release)Market Wire (press release)
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Reaching out in Myanmar’s hour of need
Seattle Post Intelligencer – He was en route to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. “I lived there and did language translation,” said Randall, a lanky 25-year-old man with a piercing …
Figuring out how to get help to Burma
Atlantic Online –
Then there’s the food problem: Myanmar’s rice harvest seems to have been devastated, though of course, it’s pretty hard to get any information about what’s …
Calls for Burma to allow aid workers in as Cyclone death toll rises
Radio Australia, Australia –
“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. …
Myanmar Cyclone Response May Stoke Its Citizens’ Anger at Junta
Bloomberg –
The ruling junta says it plans to press ahead with a May 10 constitutional referendum in much of the nation, formerly known as Burma, while postponing the …
Stallone turns guns on Burma junta
The Age, Australia – “As a result of Rambo and the cyclone, world attention is increasingly turned toward Myanmar (Burma). I hope that the situation will improve and am honoured …

BBC News
Cyclone damage could hit Myanmar rice exports – FAO
guardian.co.uk, UK – The storm, which battered five states accounting for 65 percent of the former Burma’s rice output, may trigger “localised food shortages” and require …
Burmese cyclone could push rice prices up Radio Australia
Cyclone fuels rice price increase BBC News
Burma’s Rice Region Decimated—Food Shortage Feared The Irrawaddy News Magazine
BloombergWashington Post
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Myanmar frustrates would-be aid suppliers
Moneyweb, South Africa – … who acts as information minister of a US-based government-in-exile, the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma. Myanmar’s government has …
Rice says Myanmar must not make aid political
Reuters – But they had not yet been given visas by the Myanmar government. “It should be a matter that the government of Burma wants to see its people receive the …

eFluxMedia
Inside the Burma Cyclone
Washington Post, United States –
When Nargis made landfall in Myanmar (Burma) Friday night, it had sustained winds of 130-135 mph. These winds classify Nargis as a low-end category four …
Government Responsible for Deaths in Myanmar Cyclone eFluxMedia
Burma cyclone from space Baltimore Sun
Bay is a focus for devastating storms Times Online
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Myanmar relief efforts pick up as death toll rises
Newsday, NY – BY ZACHARY R. DOWDY | zachary.dowdy@newsday.com As the death toll from the Myanmar cyclone rose to at least 100000, US relief efforts picked up yesterday, …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)
ASEAN vows to help Burma
Radio Australia, Australia –
KAMAL: Myanmar has actually signed, well Myanmar is one of the ASEAN countries who signed the agreement. LOPRESTI: And so they ratified it, and so have they …
Mangrove loss ‘left Burma exposed’ BBC News
Thai Minister Says 30000 Missing After Burma Cyclone RedOrbit
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AFP
Grim fight for survival in cyclone-hit Myanmar
AFP – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called it a “critical moment” for one of the world’s impoverished nations, formerly known as Burma. Myanmar opposition …

Canada.com
Rain hit with such speed ‘it left marks on their faces’
Globe and Mail, Canada –
Tin Maung Htoo, executive director of Canadian Friends of Burma, said it’s wishful thinking to expect that the Myanmar regime will shift to more democratic …
Canada to provide $2 million to aid Myanmar Canada.com
Canada offers aid to Myanmar AFP
Canada supports Myanmar relief StarPhoenix
Khaleej TimesGlobe and Mail
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Toronto team to help with cyclone relief in Burma
CBC.ca, Canada –
… said the rapid response team from Toronto left on Wednesday for Thailand where they hope to obtain visas to enter Burma, also known as Myanmar. …
ACT Alert Myanmar (Burma) 20/2008: ACT members respond to Cyclone …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Cyclone Nargis, the worst Asian cyclone since 1991, hit Myanmar (Burma) on May 2-3, 2008, triggering a storm surge and flooding in the five worst hit states …

The Associated Press
US envoy says toll from Myanmar cyclone might reach 100000
The Associated Press –Aye Chan Naing, editor of the Democratic Voice of Burma, a Myanmar opposition media operation based in Norway, said it wasn’t the right time to be …
Myanmar Toll May Reach 60000; UN Wants Aid Access (Update5)
Bloomberg –
… body founded by billionaire investor George Soros, says it aims to raise international awareness of conditions in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …
Myanmar warned on cyclone, not tidal wave: UN
Reuters –
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) expert Dieter Schiessl told journalists that authorities in the former Burma began issuing forecasts of strong winds …
Stallone slams Myanmar junta for storm “indifference”
Reuters India, India –
… Myanmar army major, ‘Rambo’ actor Sylvester Stallone on Wednesday accused the former Burma’s junta of indifference to their citizen’s cyclone misery. …
Australia says it would consider more cyclone aid for Myanmar if …
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – The government has already pledged 3 million Australian dollars (US$2.8 million; euro1.8 million) in aid to Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
Myanmar toll passes 22 000
Namibian, Namibia – Up to one million people may be homeless after Cyclone Nargis hit the Southeast Asian nation, also known as Burma, early on Saturday. …

TopNews
Myanmar urged to open doors to foreign help
Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates – “We are deeply concerned by the situation in Burma (Myanmar) in the wake of cyclone Nargis, and saddened by the terrible loss of life,” Munn said in a …
INTERVIEW-Myanmar must act now to clear aid red tape Reuters
Cyclone sweeps away villages in Myanmar NECN
Death toll in Myanmar soars above 10000 Bombay News
Otago Daily TimesReuters
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AFP
Myanmar survivors emerge desperate for help
AFP –
After days of criticism aimed at the secretive generals who have ruled the former Burma for nearly half a century — and who have hesitated to let in …

Euronews.net
Myanmar – one million homeless in cyclone disaster
Euronews.net, France –
The military government of the country formally known as Burma has lifted a ban on the import of fuel by private companies to try to ease a chronic energy …
Disaster relief arriving for Myanmar cyclone victims
Detroit Free Press, United States – Debbie Stothard, a spokeswoman for the civic group Alternative Asean Network on Burma, condemned the decision. “More and more people are going to die, …
2 Israelis still missing in Myanmar
Ynetnews, Israel –
Two Israeli families are desperately waiting to hear from family members who were traveling in Myanmar when Burma was struck by the deadly Cyclone Nargis. …
Filipino protesters demand Myanmar postpone referendum after storm …
International Herald Tribune, France – … referendum,” said Egoy Bans, spokesman for the Free Burma Coalition. About 30 protesters from the group marched outside the Myanmar Embassy in Manila. …
Cyclone damage could hit Myanmar rice exports: FAO
Reuters – The storm, which battered 5 states accounting for 65 percent of the former Burma’s rice output, may trigger “localized food shortages” and require imports …
UN action urged over Burma cyclone
NEWS.com.au, Australia –
“We think it is time for the Security Council to express its concern … to exhort, to ask, to call on the government of Myanmar to open its border and …
Catholic agencies begin sending aid to victims of Burma cyclone
Independent Catholic News, UK –
While the tragic toll of victims and damages from Cyclone Nargism, that hit Myanmar on May 3, continues to rise (in the wake of the aftermath, some analysts …
Donations for relief accepted in Regina
Canada.com, Canada – REGINA — Myanmar might be half a world away, but Reginans can still help the relief effort. The country formerly known as Burma is struggling to recover …

The Daily Voice
Death toll in Myanmar may swell to 100000
The Daily Voice, NY –
The military-run government in Myanmar (also known as Burma) has estimated the death toll at 22000, but the US official seemed to indicate that number was …

BBC Bulgaria
Fears rise over Burma aid delays
BBC Bulgaria, Bulgaria –
But Shari Villarosa, the charge d’Affaires of the US embassy in Burma – also known as Myanmar – said the death toll could reach or exceed 100000, …
Aid Arrives in Myanmar as Cyclone Death Toll Rises (Update2)
Bloomberg –… workers and supplies into the country formerly known as Burma. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations said today it was trying to persuade Myanmar, …
NZ agency urges Myanmar govt to relax border entry
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand – “We call upon the government of Burma to stop hampering relief efforts,” he said. “We are concerned that survivors of the cyclone face more dangers from …
US pressing to deliver aid to ‘paranoid’ Myanmar
Kansas City Star, MO – “This is not a matter of politics, this is a matter of a humanitarian crisis and it should be a matter that the government of Burma wants to see its people …
First major aid flights head to Myanmar; US envoy says cyclone …
International Herald Tribune, France –
UN officials estimated some 1 million people had been left homeless in Myanmar, which also is known as Burma. Some aid workers said heavily flooded areas …
Rush for rice is expected after Myanmar cyclone
Los Angeles Times, CA –Yet that capability to grow rice with ease has many observers convinced that Myanmar, also known as Burma, will be able to feed its people again within a …
Myanmar storm may affect world rice supply
Pakistan Dawn, Pakistan –
BANGKOK, May 7: The cyclone that tore through Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta could turn the country from an exporter of rice to an importer, adding to global …

Toward Freedom
Crisis in Burma: A Constitution is More Than a Document
Toward Freedom, VT – The government of Myanmar (Burma) has invited voters to ratify a new constitution for the state on May 10, 2008. An earlier constitution had been abolished …
Burma Death Count Nearing 100000
PoliGazette, Netherlands –
A US diplomat in Myanmar is saying that the number is likely closer to 100000 dead. This is roughly half of the number of victims in the famous 2004 Tsunami …

Aljazeera.net
Cyclone threatens military’s grip
Aljazeera.net, Qatar – “My friends and relatives in Burma say there is widespread anger among the people.” he told Al Jazeera, referring to the former name for Myanmar . …
Framingham woman fears for family in Myanmar
MetroWest Daily News, MA – The storm devastated the Southeast Asian nation, previously known as Burma, killing at least 22000 and leaving 1 million homeless. Since it hit Friday night …
Pentagon Says US Planes, Service Members Ready To Help Myanmar
AHN –
Washington, DC (AHN) – US Air Force planes and thousands of service members are ready to assist Burma’s cyclone-stricken people if asked, a senior defense …
Disaster in Myanmar
The Nelson Mail, New Zealand – The military junta which gave Burma a new name and the majority of its people a fast-track to poverty and despair has previously been unfazed by Myanmar’s …
Eau Claire Mother and Son Talk About Their Visit to Myanmar
WEAU-TV 13, WI – … Gabriel, were in Myanmar with political activists and are preparing programs for Community Television about the situation in Burma. …

CNN-IBN
36 Inmates Shot in Burmese Prison after Cyclone Hit
eFluxMedia –
The notorious Insein Prison in Rangoon, the capital of Burma, or Myanmar, houses numerous political prisoners who oppose the country’s military regime. …
Rights group says 36 dead after prison riot in Myanmar Reuters
Prison guards ‘shot dead 36 inmates to quell unrest’ Independent
Aid agencies battle conditions and bureaucracy in Myanmar TV3 News
Bangkok PostGlobal Voices Online
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Locals to Help in Myanmar
WTVW, IN – Thousands upon thousands of people were killed in the Asian country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. A cyclone surprised the country’s residents last …
Red Cross seeks help for Myanmar cyclone victims
Queens Courier, NY –BY VICTOR G. MIMONI The death toll in a monster cyclone which ripped through Myanmar (formerly Burma) recently could go as high as 50000, according to …

Vancouver Sun
Cyclone forces commodity prices to skyrocket
Vancouver Sun, Canada –
REGINA — The cyclone that devastated Myanmar (also known as Burma) has not only killed tens of thousands of people and left over a million homeless, …
Myanmar cyclone devastation much worse than first thought 570 News
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Daily Star – Lebanon
Myanmar drags feet on letting in aid despite up to 60000 dead
Daily Star – Lebanon, Lebanon –
After days of criticism aimed at the secretive generals who have ruled the former Burma for nearly half a century – and who have hesitated to let in foreign …

Daily Star – Lebanon
Myanmar drags feet on letting in aid despite up to 60000 dead
Daily Star – Lebanon, Lebanon –
After days of criticism aimed at the secretive generals who have ruled the former Burma for nearly half a century – and who have hesitated to let in foreign …
First Red Cross plane into Burma
NEWS.com.au, Australia – We are a very happy though that later today our time we can get our first plane into Myanmar (Burma) and we’ll be taking shelter materials from Kuala Lumpur …
100000 May Have Died in Myanmar Cyclone, US Says
National Geographic, DC –
State media in Myanmar, also known as Burma, reported that nearly 23000 people died when Cyclone Nargis blasted the country’s western coast on Saturday. …
Open your hearts to Myanmar, Pope implores
Catholic Online, CA –
VATICAN CITY (CNA) – During Wednesday’s general audience, Pope Benedict also expressed his grief over the tragedy in Myanmar, also know as Burma, …

AFP
Myanmar cyclone death toll could top 100000: US diplomat
AFP –
UN humanitarian chief John Holmes said the country once known as Burma was facing a “major catastrophe”, urging the junta to facilitate the arrival of …

CNN
Cyclone poses political risks for junta
CNN – … 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, …
McCain Advocates for Religious Freedom
CBS News, NY –
McCain has been outspoken on the brutal treatment of monks in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and of the failure of Myanmar’s government to adequately …
Cyclone Nargis Reportedly Leaves 100000 Dead in Myanmar
TransWorldNews (press release), GA – Media in Myanmar, also known as Burma, reported that nearly 23000 people died when Cyclone Nargis left the country’s Irrawaddy delta on Saturday and more …

Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
US Myanmar Helping Out
Rock Hill Herald, SC –
AmeriCares is working with the United Nations to get the supplies into Myanmar to provide relief for the survivors of Cyclone Nargis, which slammed into the …
Burma agony Bangkok Post
UN: Myanmar has approved aid flight from Italy, but visas for UN … WTTE
Cyclone Help For Irrawaddy Delta Survivors Scoop.co.nz
Reuters AlertNetReliefWeb (press release)
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Burma Appeal Launched As Crisis Continues to Worsen
Reuters AlertNet, UK –Emergency teams who’ve made it to some of the worst affected parts of Myanmar (Burma) today, say even the supplies of coconut milk that have been keeping …
Myanmar Cyclone Sacks Rice-Growing Region
findingDulcinea, New York – The Irawaddy Delta area, among the hardest-hit by the cyclone, is known as “Burma’s rice bowl.” About 40 years ago Myanmar was one of the world’s largest …

The Associated Press
UN officials: Myanmar cyclone a ‘major, major disaster’
The Associated Press – The UN said some 1 million people were homeless in the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma. “Basically the entire lower delta region is under water …
Visa delays risk ‘second wave’ of disaster in Burma, UN official says
CBC.ca, Canada –
It remained unclear where the UN aircraft, carrying 25 tonnes of aid, would land in Burma, also known as Myanmar, said Elisabeth Byrs, Geneva spokeswoman …
It’s time for humanitarian aid, not rebuke, in Burma
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI – 16 hours ago
… according to the minister for relief and resettlement for the country called Myanmar by the military leaders but Burma by the democratic opposition. …
Toronto volunteers set to join relief efforts in hard-hit areas
Toronto Star, Canada – If barred from Burma, also known as Myanmar, the volunteers will send supplies to a contact inside the country, he said. The team is packing 5 million water …
US Urged to Divorce Politics from Aid to Myanmar
OneWorld.net, UK –
… to revise its aid policy toward Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and provide immediate assistance to the cyclone victims in that country. …
Myanmar Disaster part II- George, careful what you say
Gather.com, MA – by Chris W. George W. Bush issued a plea yesterday to the Military Junta that rules Myanmar. Please let our disaster relief teams into Burma!- he commanded. …
Death toll in Myanmar could top 100000, US diplomat says (Roundup)
Monsters and Critics.com – Villarosa said most of the deaths appear to have taken place in rural areas of Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, and warned that there was limited …
French foreign minister urges UN to force aid on Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France – The military government of Myanmar, formerly Burma, has approved a United Nations aid flight to help those struck by Cyclone Nargis, but the necessary …

MSN UK News
Burma appeal set to be launched
BBC News, UK –
… volunteers from Burma on the ground handing out cooking and hygiene kits, drinking water and mosquito nets through its affiliate, the Myanmar Red Cross. …
UK’s tsunami-style appeal for Burma The Press Association
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Church World Service (press release)
Church World Service expands US fundraising appeal, aid team …
Church World Service (press release), IN –
BANGKOK/WASHINGTON –– With death tolls in Myanmar (Burma) predicted to reach as high as 80000 following Saturday’s devastating Cyclone Nargis, according to …

The Week Daily
Will scolding Myanmar’s generals help cyclone victims?
The Week Daily –
The military rulers of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, are coming under increasing international pressure to let more aid flow in, as the government …
World Helps Myanmar as Cyclone Toll Tops 22000
HULIQ (press release), NC – The international community is offering aid to military-ruled Burma as the death toll from Saturday’s cyclone has risen to nearly 22500. …
Are Vampire Capitalists About to Descend on Crisis Wrought Myanmar?
OpEdNews, PA –
Myanmar is the modern name for a country the English speaking empires still call Burma. On May 2nd, US President George W. Bush ordered a new round of …
Conditions in Myanmar Worsen
ToTheCenter.com, NY – Those who have survived the cylcone that claimed over 22000 lives in Burma are forced to find substinence by drinking coconut milk while they wait for aide, …
Burmese Americans try to help, but have few options
The Associated Press – Dr. Kyaw Htyte, a New York cardiologist and president of the National Burma Action Committee, said that if he could, he would go to Myanmar himself, …
Aid agencies scramble to help cyclone victims in Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France – With as many as one million people left homeless, the international community has been struggling to deliver aid in the Myanmar, the former Burma, …
Christians Respond to Crisis in Myanmar
Christian Post – “I am certain throughout Burma (also known as Myanmar), as our believers and missionaries go about helping the people and praying for them, …
Myanmar Devastation
WRAL.com, NC – By Nate Johnson As you no doubt already have heard, Myanmar, also known as Burma, was struck by a devastating cyclone over the weekend. …
Recovery Struggles In Myanmar As Relief Efforts Stalled By Government
KLTV, TX –
… and Myanmar’s humanitarian crisis is growing each day. Countries around the world have offered relief and supplies to the country also known as Burma, …

CSR Asia
Business offering support to Burma
CSR Asia, China – Google got a “Support victims of the cyclone in Myanmar (Burma)” link up on their site quickly (which interestingly was covered in the Chinese media), …
International community to Myanmar gov’t: Open your doors
TravelVideo.tv (press release) –
France said the ruling generals in the former Burma were still placing too many conditions on aid, Reuters reported. French Foreign Minister Bernard …

Mission Network NEws (press release)
GFA’s Bible college has been transformed into a shelter for …
Mission Network NEws (press release), Grand Rapids – Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is surrounded by countries such as Bangladesh, India, China, and Thailand. Buddhism is the country’s main religion, …

guardian.co.uk
Universities must help prevent another Burma
guardian.co.uk, UK –
In theory, the government of Myanmar had access to the same weather reports available to everyone else. But to take full advantage of warnings from the …

CTV.ca
Cyclone death toll may reach 100000: US diplomat
CTV.ca, Canada – The death toll in the aftermath of the cyclone that hit Burma over the weekend could reach 100000, says a top US official in the country. …
Government sends condolences to people of Myanmar
Citizen, South Africa –
Myanmar — often referred to as Burma, as many nations world wide did not recognise the country’s 1989 change of name — was hit by cyclone Nargis on …
IOCC emergency appeal: Myanmar Cyclone
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland – The New York Times is reporting that the number of deaths from Tropical Cyclone Nargis that struck Myanmar (formerly Burma) three days ago has reached 22500 …
Australia urges Myanmar General to put aside politics and let aid …
Frontline, India –
“That’s a direct appeal to the government in Burma,” he said, using another name for Myanmar. The comment reflected growing frustration at the …
Boulder bleeds for Myanmar
Daily Camera, CO – … also known as Burma. But, Win said, he’s heard from or about “absolutely no one” in his family since a devastating cyclone blasted Myanmar early …
WER prepares emergency medical supplies for immediate airfreight …
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
World Emergency Relief (WER) has launched an emergency appeal to deliver urgently-needed humanitarian aid to Myanmar (Burma) following the devastation …
Transport, visa hurdles slowing aid to Myanmar storm victims
FOXNews –
The death toll in the country, which is also known as Burma, was in the tens of thousands with many more still missing, state radio reported. …
Stubborn Myanmar risks lives – editorial
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com, OH – The military junta that rules the nation formerly known as Burma put the death toll at 22000 on Tuesday, with 41000 missing. Yet with heaped bodies visible …
Salvation Army Seeks Donations For Cyclone Victims
cbs4denver.com, CO –
DENVER (CBS4) ― The Salvation Army in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is responding to the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis, which is thought to have …
Burma’s devastation
Louisville Courier-Journal, KY – It should come as no surprise that the collection of military thugs and narcotics traffickers who run Burma (they prefer to call it Myanmar) are flunking …
CNN Student News Transcript: May 8, 2008
CNN –
… and listening as the department of our state leaders and our president himself, have implored Myanmar/Burma, to let us come in, and it has been several …
Hollywood’s Selective Outrage
AlterNet, CA – As the Times reports, concern for Burma (or Myanmar, depending on taste) is among the “A-list activist causes, along with Tibet and Darfur,” and thus …
Minn. refugee waits for better news from ravaged home
Post-Bulletin, MN – His father and many friends, meanwhile, are still in Myanmar (also known as Burma), cut off from the outside world by the country’s military junta. …
Burma not thankful for US warships offering cyclone aid
Columbus Free Press, OH – Little wonder why Burma, a xenophobic Southeast Asian country also known as Myanmar, recoiled in silence when Washington said it just wants to help. …
Sri Lanka to help Burma cyclone victims
Asian Tribune, Thailand – Colombo, 07 May, (Asiantribune.com): The Government will make a donation of US$ 25000/- to the Government of the Union of Myanmar to assist victims of the …

Sofia News Agency
Myanmar Cyclone Death Toll Rises to 22000
Sofia News Agency, Bulgaria – The UN is also trying to provide drinking water and food through its only two agencies that operate inside Burma – the UN Children’s fund and its …
Cyclone victims need our help
Herald Zeitung, TX – One difficulty facing aid organizations and other countries offering assistance is the distrust the military rulers of Myanmar, also known as Burma, …

Springfield State Journal Register
Local doctor hears from family in Myanmar at last
Springfield State Journal Register, IL – All of their workers are Myanmar nationals. Jonathan Myint of Springfield continued Wednesday to try to reach his family. His father immigrated from Burma, …
The Danish Ambassador In Thailand Travel To Myanmar
ScandAsia.com, Thailand –
The Danish Ambassador in Thailand is heading for Mayanmar (Burma), where millions of people are homeless and without clean water after the Cyclone. …
Ontario Helping People Of Myanmar
CNW Telbec (Communiqués de presse), Canada – QUICK FACTS Myanmar, also known as Burma, is located in Southeast Asia. The cyclone came ashore at the delta of the Irrawaddy River, the country’s most …
Cebuano News: PGMA nagmando pagpadala ug medical team sa Myanmar
Philippine Information Agency, Philippines – By Rebecca Cadavos Manila (8 May) — Ang Pilipinas magpadala ug 15 ka tawo alang sa medical mission ngadto sa Myanmar diin adunay 22000 ka tawo nga namatay …
Survivors face bleak prospects as world reaches out
National Post, Canada –
Concerns Burma’s military junta will not allow aid money to reach cyclone victims should not prevent Canadians from donating to the cause, aid agencies say. …
PGMA orders sending of medical team to Myanmar
Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
Manila (8 May) — The Philippines will be sending a 15-man medical mission to typhoon-hit Myanmar where some 22000 people have died and some 41000 others …
Stricken Storm Survivors Find Way to High Ground
New York Times, United States – As many as 100000 are feared dead in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. More than 60000 people are believed to be dead or missing in the densely populated …
El Cajon woman to lead cyclone aid efforts
San Diego Union Tribune, United States –
… who can take the goods to disaster victims. “I don’t know what she’s going to find in Burma,” Gary Becks said, referring to Myanmar’s former name. –AK.
Google Tries To Help After Myanmar Cyclone
WebProNews, KY – Five more well-intentioned entities are listed on the Google Grants Blog, and it’s a “Support victims of the cyclone in Myanmar (Burma)” message that showed …

RushLimbaugh.com (subscription)
Lack of Freedom Caused Mass Deaths in Burma Cyclone Disaster
RushLimbaugh.com (subscription), CA – RUSH: I want to say something about this cyclone, this hurricane, in Burma. I know they want to call it Myanmar, but it’s Burma. …

Pravda
Humanitarian Disaster in Myanmar
Pravda, Russia – State television in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is saying that perhaps as many as 22500 people lost their lives in the cyclone and 41000 people are …
Another relative pain
Pioneer Press, MN –
“My heart and my concern is for all the people in Burma,” said Kyaw, who fled his country after taking part in a pro-democracy student and civilian …
US diplomat: 100000 may have died in Myanmar cyclone
Sky Valley Journal, USA –
State media in Myanmar, also known as Burma, reported that nearly 23000 people died when Cyclone Nargis blasted the country‘s western coast on Saturday and …
Appeals for cyclone relief
Toronto Sun, Canada – The death toll in Myanmar, formerly Burma, was in the tens of thousands with many more still missing, state radio reported. As many as a million people may …

Discover Magazine
Like The Rest, Myanmar Was Foretold
Discover Magazine, NY – Hardest hit in the rush to develop the country formerly named Burma have been its rivers and forests, environmentalists say. Several months ago, in a tall …
US Diplomat: Myanmar Death Toll Could Reach 100000
MyFox Houston, TX –
State media in Myanmar, also known as Burma, reported that nearly 23000 people died when Cyclone Nargis blasted the country’s western coast on Saturday and …
With little news, North Texans wait and worry amid aid effort
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX –
Many from Myanmar, also known as Burma, have left their country, seeking a life not overshadowed by military dictatorship, civil war or religious …
With little news, North Texans wait and worry amid aid effort
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX –
Many from Myanmar, also known as Burma, have left their country, seeking a life not overshadowed by military dictatorship, civil war or religious …
Leavenworth agency says Myanmar orphanage damaged by cyclone
The Wenatchee World Online, WA – Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma, was hit by Cyclone Nargis early Saturday morning. As of this morning, government officials there …
60000 Dead or Missing in Burma
Daily Georgian Times, Georgia –
The reclusive rulers of Burma — which they call Myanmar — are mistrustful of the outside world’s intentions. They are also resented by millions of their …
Burma spiralling out of control
Advertiser Adelaide, Australia – “The death count in Myanmar from the cyclone that hit there yesterday has been rising from 15000 to way on up there to much higher numbers now being …
Burma knew of cyclone nearly a week before it hit
Mizzima.com, India – BP Yadav, Director of the Indian Meteorological Department, said, “We updated the Myanmar [Burmese] authorities every three hours and on April 30 we …
Aid Workers Ask Junta For Access To Millions Of Cyclone Survivors …
AHN – Yangon, Myanmar (AHN) – Aid workers on Wednesday called on the ruling junta in Myanmar to give them faster access to survivors in the worst cyclone to hit …
Survey lists most world’s most repressive regimes
The Associated Press –
Violent repression of protests of food prices in Myanmar, or Burma as it is commonly known, contributed to a further downward trend in the South Asian …
Myanmar delta: Key facts
News24.com, South Africa –
The delta was jungle and high grass when annexed as ‘Lower Burma’ by Britain in 1852 after the Second Anglo-Burmese War. The colonial rulers, in charge …
HOW NOT TO HELP
Gather.com, MA – Now that’s what the rest of the world has been doing for those poor folks who suffered a monstrous cyclone and tidal wave in Myanmar (formerly Burma) this …
UN officials: Myanmar cyclone a ‘major, major disaster’
The Oregonian – OregonLive.com, OR – The UN said some 1 million people were homeless in the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma. “Basically the entire lower delta region is under water …
Cyclone Nargis: What went wrong in Burma?
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway – “I also heard what you did, that the wind would hit us at 40 miles per hour, from Myanmar Athan. That’s why we weren’t too worried and were unprepared” says …
BURMA: Cyclone Nargis Exposes Junta’s Anti-People Attitude
Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –
“We continuously updated authorities in Myanmar (as Burma is officially called) and on Apr. 30 we even provided them a details of the likely route, …
China Red Cross to send relief aid to cyclone-hit Myanmar
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria – Supplies were dispatched by the Red Cross society in the southwestern province of Yunnan, which borders Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …
Local Burmese find ways to send direct aid home
Contra Costa Times, CA – … and are going to all the villages that are not accessible anymore,'” said Chu, a former political prisoner who fled Burma, now known as Myanmar, …
As cyclone victims struggle, aid blocked by nation’s rulers
Concord Monitor, NH – Myanmar is also known as Burma. Shortly after the disaster, the Myanmar military authorities said they would welcome international help. …

New York Sun
Burma Rebuffs International Aid Teams in Wake of Cyclone
New York Sun, United States –
The Chinese premier “expressed the belief that Myanmar would soon overcome the difficulties caused by the cyclone and restore normal life for its people …
San Diego Group Provides Aid to Myanmar Cyclone Victims
XETV FOX6 San Diego, Her husband Gary chimes in, “And Burma has not opened up the borders yet to relief workers internationally.” Benyapa Becks met Gary while he was …
Harper meets with Burmese government-in-exile leader Sein Win
Georgia Straight, Canada – On May 2, a cyclone tore through Burma (also known as Myanmar) and left much of the country devastated by heavy winds and flooding. …
Myanmar misery worsens
TheNewsTribune.com, WA –
… known as Burma for delays in approving visas for emergency teams. Myanmar dissident groups took issue with the timing of the administration’s criticism, …

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May 8, 2008 at 6:20 am

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (7 May 2008)

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New York Times

French Official Urges UN to Force Aid on Myanmar
New York Times –
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
US envoy says toll from Myanmar cyclone might reach 100000 The Associated Press
First UN aid flights start arriving in Myanmar Reuters
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Canada.com

US diplomat: 100000 may have died in Myanmar cyclone

The Associated Press –
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

Aid begins to trickle into cyclone-ravaged Myanmar Los Angeles Times

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CBC.ca

Ghosts and smell of victims haunt survivors of the Burma cyclone
Times Online –
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.

Burmese prisoners ‘executed after cyclone hit’ Telegraph.co.uk

Burma death toll ‘likely to hit 80000’ ABC Online

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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.”

How you can donate:

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, www.redcross.org.uk (£5 will provide water purification tablets for 60 people), to Oxfam’s emergency fund, www.oxfam.co.uk, to Christian Aid, www.christianaid.org.uk, and Save the Children, www.savethechildren.org.uk.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/1933226/Burma-60%2C000-feared-dead-in-Cyclone-Nargis.html

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

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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
Stuff.co.nz, 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 …

Javno.hr
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 …

AFP
Aid workers race to reach Myanmar cyclone victims
AFP –
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. …

PRESS TV
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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TopNews
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 …


TopNews

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 Critics.com
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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 …

AFP
NGOs say five nations unfit to serve on UN rights body
AFP –
“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, …

LIVENEWS.com.au
22000 dead, 41000 missing: Donors beg Burma to let them in
LIVENEWS.com.au, 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 …

NY1
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 …

AFP
NGOs say five nations unfit to serve on UN rights body
AFP –
“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