Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Turmoil In Asia.

Meanwhile Myanmar is still reeling and in need of HELPS!

UN chief condemns Burma response

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has criticised Burma's military junta for its "unacceptably slow response" to helping cyclone victims.

Nearly 32,000 people were killed by the cyclone on May 3 and almost 30,000 others are still missing, according to Burma state television.

"We believe that it's going to be very difficult to reach everybody and to tackle the crisis as we would like without some outside military and civilian assets," John Holmes, the UN's top humanitarian official, told reporters.

Almost all foreign relief workers have been barred entry into the isolated nation. The junta says it wants to hand out all donated supplies on its own.

"I want to register my deep concern - and immense frustration - at the unacceptably slow response to this grave humanitarian crisis," Ban said.

"Unless more aid gets into the country - very quickly - we face an outbreak of infectious diseases that could dwarf today's crisis. I therefore call, in the most strenuous terms, on the government of Burma to put its people's lives first. It must do all that it can to prevent this disaster from becoming even more serious."

Ban said Burma's leaders had not returned his repeated calls and letters to them, including a second letter sent on Monday, seeking greater co-operation with the UN and other international relief efforts.

Burma braced for more rain

Survivors of the Burma cyclone are bracing themselves for further torrential rain.

Storm warnings have been issued for the region despite large swathes of the country still lying submerged under putrid floodwater from the initial cyclone.

The Burma government has come under sustained international pressure as aid agencies warn the death toll following the cyclone could reach 1.5 million.

Further heavy deluges will hamper the progression of embryonic aid efforts which are only now starting to reach the more remote areas.

Oxfam said the stricken country faces a public health catastrophe unless clean water and sanitation are quickly provided.

Save the Children spokeswoman Kathryn Rawe said huge storms were expected to strike Burma.


7.9 Earthquake In China

Nearly 19,000 Buried Alive in Town Near China Quake's Epicenter

May 13: Local residents work to clear away debris from a collapsed building in Mianzhu City, southwest China's Sichuan Province.

May 13: Local residents work to clear away debris from a collapsed building in Mianzhu City, southwest China's Sichuan Province.

Rescue workers sifted through tangled debris of toppled schools and homes Tuesday for nearly 19,000 victims buried or missing after China's worst earthquake in three decades, where the death toll soared to more than 12,000 people in the hardest-hit province alone, state media reported.

Hope that many survivors would be found was fleeting. Only 58 people were extricated from demolished buildings across the quake area so far, China Seismological Bureau spokesman Zhang Hongwei told the official Xinhua News Agency. In one county, 80 percent of the buildings had been destroyed.

Myanmar: Senior Red Cross Red Crescent aid worker returns from devastated delta

13 May 2008

The situation in Myanmar’s cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta is “overwhelming” according to Bridget Gardner, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ head of delegation who returned to Yangon today following a two day assessment visit. Ms Gardner was the first international aid official to visit the disaster zone with official permission.

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Myanma Update

Almost a week after a devastating cyclone hit low-lying areas of southern Burma, hundreds of thousands of people are still in urgent

Burma warned over cyclone delays

The US has ships with aid standing by in the Gulf of Thailand

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has warned of dire consequences if foreign aid workers continue to be denied access to Burma.

Speaking before the UN launched its $187m (£96m) appeal to help those hit by the cyclone, he said early action was needed to prevent catastrophe.

Burma, where the UN fears the death toll could reach 100,000, says it will accept aid from any quarter.

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Aid agencies already in Burma say they have been doing what they can, but are frustrated by the government's reluctance to allow international aid teams into the country and its insistence on distributing aid itself.


The UN believes as many as 1.5 million people could have been affected by Cyclone Nargis, which struck on 3 May, and many say Burma does not have the capacity to respond adequately on its own.

Two BBC correspondents who have travelled to the Irrawaddy delta say tens of thousands of bodies are strewn across the landscape, with houses toppled and trees uprooted.

They say diseases like dysentery are already starting to take hold, and although some aid has arrived there is still no relief effort to match the size of the catastrophe.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Tens of thousands killed in Myanmar cyclone

A map showing areas worst-hit by Tropical Cyclone Nargis. Aid workers battled Wednesday to get food and water to desperate cyclone survivors in Myanmar, whose government is under fire after more than 22,000 people died in one of Asia's worst natural disasters.


Wed May 7, 12:52 AM ET

A Thai air force personnel waits for load food and disaster supplies for shipment to Myanmar at the military airport in Bangkok May 7, 2008. Disease, hunger and thirst pose a major threat to hundreds of thousands of survivors of Cyclone Nargis, aid agencies said on Wednesday, urging Myanmar's military rulers to open the doors to international humanitarian relief. With 22,500 dead and 41,000 missing, most of them from a massive storm surge that washed over the Irrawaddy delta, it is the most devastating cyclone to hit Asia since 1991, when 143,000 people died in neighbouring Bangladesh. .

REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND)