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)


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