Torrential rain is lashing down on Burma, adding to the plight of thousands of destitute survivors of Cyclone Nargis. Meanwhile, foreign governments struggle to convince the junta to let foreign aid workers help victims. Alice Beaumont reports.
Torrential tropical downpours lashed
Despite the latest storm, which is likely to turn already damaged roads to mud in the swamp-covered region, the country’s ruling generals insist their relief operations are running smoothly.
“The stance of the government on foreign aid is absolutely inflexible,” reports our correspondent, “they are not letting foreign workers into
Suspicious of outside influence, the military junta is maintaining a blackout on worst-hit
On his second day to the cyclone-hit country, EU aid chief Louis Michel also said he is still waiting for permission to visit
Death tolls climb as disease threatens
While Burma’s state television raised its official death toll on Friday to 77,738, Payen reports that aid workers inside Burma say up to 200,000 people are either dead or missing in the aftermath of May 2 Cyclone Nargis.
Health workers say the clock is ticking for the survivors as cases of the infectious and potentially deadly disease cholera have been reported in some areas of
Launching an appeal for the survivors of the cyclone, the Red Cross said on Friday that the harvest had already been lost in the cyclone-hit areas of
Date created : 2008-05-16