Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Myanmar Aid is Still Being Delayed

We previously blogged about the trouble that charity aide groups are having trouble getting relief supplies and services to victims of the May 3 cyclone in Myanmar.  Based on this article from the May 14, 2008, edition of the New York Times, it appears that charitable organizations may still be having trouble getting to hard to reach areas of the country.  Estimates from the United Nations are that nearly 60,000 people will die as a result of the cyclone.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

In a report from Yangon, the official news agency of China, Myanmar’s friend and neighbor, said international aid had been arriving in Myanmar since last week, with aircraft landing at the airport one after another. The Chinese reports made no mention of delays.

On Monday, several medical teams from the Swiss-based branch of Doctors Without Borders were ordered out of the Irrawaddy Delta with no explanation.

Andrew Kirkwood, country director in Myanmar for Save the Children, said he had surveyed the delta by air in recent days and had concluded that trucks and helicopters would not be enough to deliver the aid needed by the people affected by the storm. The Myanmar government reportedly has five working helicopters.

For the entire article, see "Myanmar Government Still Blocking Relief," in the may 14, 2008, issue of the New York Times.  dab

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