Myanmar junta ups death toll to 28,458 (Extra)

Myanmar junta ups death toll to 28,458 (Extra)

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Yangon – Myanmar’s ruling junta upped the official death toll from Cyclone Nargis to 28,458 Sunday, but horror stories filtering into the former capital Yangon with the homeless suggest a much higher number.

Military-controlled MRTV put the death toll at 28,458 with 33,416 missing in a broadcast Sunday night.

But anecdotal reports from survivors of the cyclone, which hit Myanmar’s cental coastal region on May 2 to 3, suggest the United Nations estimate of 100,000 dead comes closer to the truth.

‘Most of the people from my village are dead,’ said Soe Thu, 23, from the salt-making village of Ngaputaw, in the Irrawaddy delta.

Soe Thu, who recently arrived in Yangon with his father and two brothers, said he had lost his mother to Cyclone Nargis which hit his town on May 2.

His family was among the lucky.

‘There were about 12,000 houses in Ngaputaw, with a population about 50,000, most of us working at the Hnget Kyun salt production area,’ Soe Thu told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

‘Altogether over 40,000 died. Most of dead were women and children working in the salt fields,’ he said.

Like many other survivors in the Irrawaddy delta, Soe Thu claimed to have known about the approaching cyclone but claimed the government warning said it was packing winds of only 40 to 50 miles per hour.

He and the survivors fled to Yangon on Thursday after failing to receive sufficient assistance from the government.

‘They promise a lot but they give little,’ he said.

The Myanmar junta has come under a barrage of international criticism for failing to facilitate a global disaster relief programme for the country by speeding up aid deliveries and granting visas to foreign aid experts.

With the real casualty figures of the calamity still unknown, disaster experts have warned that it could increase dramatically in the coming weeks if the aid programme is not accelerated.

‘With the likelihood of 100,000 or more killed in the cyclone there are all the factors for a public health catastrophe which could multiply that death toll by up to 15 times in the coming period,’ said Oxfam’s Regional Director for East Asia, Sarah Ireland.

Wrecked Myanmar leaves India aid pilot speechless

Wrecked Myanmar leaves India aid pilot speechless

Reuters India

By Bappa Majumdar

Photo

A child plays in flood water 30 km from the centre of Yangon in this handout photograph taken May 9, 2008.

REUTERS/Joe Lowry/International of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies/Handout

 

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Miles of trees stripped of their leaves, heaps of rubble, twisted electricity poles and swarms of hungry people — the first sights to greet Indian pilot Prashant Karde as he flew in aid for storm-wrecked Myanmar this week.

 

The scale of human misery was beyond Karde’s comprehension, even as an Indian air force pilot who has participated in many flood relief operations before.

 

“It was very, very sad to see people with almost no clothes battling it out to survive,” said Karde, recollecting his sortie to Yangon over miles of swamps which once were bustling villages and paddy fields.

 

Wing Commander Karde is among the few Indian air force pilots engaged in flying aid to Myanmar, bringing tonnes of medicines, tents and sheets on his IL-76 cargo plane. But the devastation he witnessed left him emotionally drained.

 

“I had heard Yangon was a very pretty city with lots of trees and rows of houses, but what I saw from above was complete devastation and ruin,” Karde told Reuters on Friday.

 

Rows of houses were completely razed several kilometres in and around Yangon, Myanmar’s main city. Bodies and animal carcasses were floating in the water, Karde said.

 

The 39-year-old pilot took the freighter down for a closer look, only to see people with very little clothing waving at the aircraft.

 

“Everything from uprooted trees, wooden planks and clothes were strewn all over the place,” he said. “Miles and miles were covered with water and it seemed a devastating flood had hit the country.”

 

The toll from Cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar last week, was rising, with experts saying it could be as high as 100,000.

 

In spite of the huge devastation, Myanmar has refused foreign aid from many countries. On Friday, Myanmar’s foreign ministry said it will accept foreign aid, but not foreign aid workers.

 

India was among the first few countries to dispatch aid at short notice. So far, two naval ships and three cargo planes have carried tonnes of relief materials.

 

 

 

“TOTAL DESTRUCTION”

 

This week, Myanmar’s generals were waiting at Yangon airport when Karde landed after a four-hour flight from New Delhi.

 

The crew rested, but Karde went to the countryside in a jeep to see for himself what had hit Myanmar a few days earlier.

 

“People told me there was little food and no water. They were thanking me for coming to their aid, but I was speechless to find these men struggling, battling to survive,” he said.

 

After returning to the airfield, which Karde says was damaged by the cyclone in some places, he immediately radioed New Delhi to report what he had seen.

 

“I told them about the total destruction, the loss of life was just too much. They needed more aid and I wanted to be back here.”

 

A senior official said Karde’s report had helped convince them to rush in more aid.

 

A few hours after he flew back to New Delhi, Karde received a second phone call, asking him to prepare for another sortie.

 

On Friday morning, he was at Palam air base in New Delhi, overseeing the loading of relief materials for a second sortie.

 

“I want to spend more time with the people there and share their loss,” he said.

Tragedy of dead and survivors in Myanmar grows worse

Tragedy of dead and survivors in Myanmar grows worse

Reuters India

By Aung Hla Tun PhotoYANGON (Reuters) – Desperate survivors of Cyclone Nargis headed out of Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta in search of food, water and medicine, but aid workers said on Sunday that thousands will die if emergency supplies don’t get through soon.

 

Buddhist temples and schools on the outskirts of the storm’s trail of destruction are now makeshift refugee centres.

 The U.N. humanitarian agency said in a new assessment that between 1.2 million and 1.9 million were struggling to survive in the aftermath of the storm that struck eight days ago.

“Given the gravity of the situation including the lack of food and water, some partners have reported fears for security, and violent behaviour in the most severely afflicted areas,” the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

It said “the number of deaths could range from 63,290 to 101,682, and 220,000 people are reported to be missing”. It said “acute environmental issues” posed a threat to life and health.

 In 1991 a cyclone slammed into neighbouring Bangladesh, killing 143,000 people.

 While Myanmar’s reclusive military government is accepting aid from the outside world, including the United Nations, it will not let in the foreign logistics teams.

 “Unless there is a massive and fast infusion of aid, experts and supplies into the hardest-hit areas, there’s going to be a tragedy on an unimaginable scale,” said Greg Beck of the International Rescue Committee.

 RED CROSS BOAT SINKS

 In the delta town of Labutta, where 80 percent of homes were destroyed, authorities were providing one cup of rice per family per day, a European Commission aid official told Reuters.

 In a blow to the stumbling relief effort a boat carrying some of the first aid to survivors sank, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.

 The boat was believed to have hit a submerged tree in the Irrawaddy delta. The accident highlighted the enormous logistical difficulties of delivering aid, with roads washed away and much of the delta turned to swamp.

 Myanmar raised the death toll on Sunday to 28,458 dead and 33,416 missing from the storm on the night of May 2 and early on May 3. Most of the victims were killed by the 12-foot wall of sea-water that hit the delta along with the Category 4 cyclone’s 190 kph winds.

 International agency Oxfam said 1.5 million people are at risk from disease unless a tsunami-like aid effort is mobilised.

 “In the Boxing Day tsunami 250,000 people lost their lives in the first few hours, but we did not see an outbreak of disease because the host governments and the world mobilised a massive aid effort to prevent it from happening,” Oxfam’s Regional Director for East Asia Sarah Ireland said in Bangkok.

 “We have to do the same for the people of Myanmar.”

 The cyclone is one of the worst disasters since the Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami that hit a dozen countries along the Indian Ocean.

 Australia responded to a U.N. appeal for $187 million in aid by dramatically increasing its contribution to $23.4 million.

 The U.N. World Food Programme said on Sunday it has begun moving aid to its field headquarters in Labutta using trucks provided by its partners in Myanmar, including the Myanmar Red Cross. The agency said its food shipments had been briefly impounded on Friday at Yangon airport.

 DIRECT DELIVERY

 France is set to deliver 1,500 tonnes of rice aid aboard the warship Mistral, which would arrive in Myanmar’s waters in the middle of this week, the French foreign ministry said on Sunday.

 France wants the aid on the Mistral to be distributed either by the ship’s crew, or by the staff of NGOs already on the ground, or by U.N. teams, a foreign ministry source said.

 French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told French newspaper Le Figaro on Saturday that France would not consider entrusting aid to the Myanmar authorities.

 Despite alarm bells from the international community about feeble cycle relief effort, the junta kept its focus on a weekend referendum on a new constitution, part of a “roadmap to democracy” culminating in multi-party elections in 2010.

 The New Light of Myanmar, the junta’s main mouthpiece, said officials were “systematically and accurately” counting the ballots, but did not say when results would be released. The balloting has been delayed by two weeks in the worst-hit areas, including Yangon, the former capital.

 There is little doubt about the final result on an army-drafted constitution after propaganda campaign by the junta urging people to vote “Yes”.

U.N. says 220,000 reported missing in Myanmar cyclone

U.N. says 220,000 reported missing in Myanmar cyclone

Reuters India

Sun May 11, 2008 6:26pm

Photo

Villagers display a sign saying ‘Help Us’ in a road near Kundangon May 11, 2008. The number of people reported missing in the Myanmar cyclone was about 220,000, the United Nations humanitarian agency said on Sunday.

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The number of people reported missing in the Myanmar cyclone was about 220,000, the United Nations humanitarian agency said on Sunday, warning of environmental damage, violence and mass migration.

 It said assessments of 55 townships in the Irrawaddy delta and other disaster areas found up to 102,000 people could have been killed in Cyclone Nargis, which struck flimsy dwellings with fierce winds and waves on the night of May 2.

“Based on these assessments, the U.N. estimates that 1,215,885 to 1,919,485 million people have been affected by the cyclone, the number of deaths could range from 63,290 to 101,682, and 220,000 people are reported to be missing,” the report by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

 Myanmar state-run TV reported on Sunday night that the death toll had risen to more than 28,458 and 33,416 people were missing.

 The cyclone had “likely resulted in acute environmental issues that could pose an immediate risk to human life and health”, the U.N. report said.

 It said migration and violence were also emerging as problems in the poor southeast Asian country, where a succession of military juntas have ruled with an iron grip for 46 years.

 “Given the gravity of the situation including the lack of food and water, some partners have reported fears for security, and violent behaviour in the most severely afflicted areas,” the report said.

“Some assessments have suggested that people are coping by migrating outwards from the most affected to less affected areas in search of the basic necessities.”

The U.N. agency also said few visas have been issued for disaster relief workers to enter the country.

 The reclusive military government, while accepting aid from all over the world, has been reluctant to allow in western aid experts, many of whom have been waiting in Bangkok and other cities for days.

Myanmar toll may be 150,000

Myanmar toll may be 150,000

 

 

 

 

ONE NEWS May 11, 2008 6:17 PM tvnz.co.nz

 

US Marines on the Thailand-Myanmar borderAid agencies now say up to 150,000 people may have died in the Myanmar cyclone and they are battling to prevent disease and starvation pushing that figure even higher.

Help for the hundreds of thousands of survivors is still only trickling into the country.

The picture of devastation is only getting worse in the cyclone-ravaged nation.

It has become a race against time to prevent disease taking hold.

A hospital in the worst affected Irrawaddy Delta is without power and its staff are overwhelmed.

“The situation is really out of control. Too many patients and very little help. But we have to organise with the higher authority for food shelter and medicines, sanitation and clean water,” says a doctor at the hospital.

The delta remains a wasteland with towns torn apart by the brutal force of Cyclone Nargis.

“No home is left in my village, all flattened. About two thirds of the villagers died. Only one third remain alive,” says a woman survivor.

The ruling junta has been obsessed with planning a constitutional referendum and has put little thought or planning into aid distribution.

Myanmar’s ruling general, Than Shwe, was out to vote despite being invisible throughout the crisis.

The result of the referendum, which critics say is a foregone conclusion, could enshrine military dominance in Myanmar for decades.

In Mae Sot on the Thailand-Myanmar border, precious little aid is moving, but that may change.

The US Marines are flying in, one team of two dozen an element of thousands who were on annual exercises off Thailand when Cyclone Nargis struck.

US Marine Commander Colonel Mark Losack says they just happened to be there when the disaster occurred.

“We feel just horrible about that and have the deepest sympathies for the people of Burma and we hope we’re going to be able to provide them with some relief supplies fairly quickly here,” Losack says.

How quickly the relief supplies are distributed is not entirely up to the Marines. Despite having the world’s mightiest military machine at their disposal, the Marines are like everyone else, waiting at the edges for word that they will be allowed to help a regime that has very little to do with foreigners.

They are assessing how well the airport could work as a forward staging post to bring and store aid and then fly it over the border.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to make a decision, should be executing maybe next week,” says Losack.

That’s if they get an invitation. But if they don’t, the death toll can only rise.

Those wishing to make a contribution to the cyclone relief effort can do so through various aid agencies. For details CLICK HERE   

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How and where to make a contribution for Myanmar Cyclone disaster victims (in English)

How and where to make a contribution for

Myanmar Cyclone disaster victims (in English)

Let's Support Victims

 

 

MERCY Malaysia will be deploying a two-member relief team to Yangon tonight (8th May). A second team will be deployed on Friday. If you wish to support our efforts to bring emergency humanitarian aid to the survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.

  • MERCY Malaysia is on standby to deploy a team to Myanmar to help survivors of Cyclone Nargis.
  • MERCY Malaysia has allocated an initial RM150,000 for aid response in Myanmar.
  • MERCY Malaysia issued a public appeal via its website for funds.
  • MAYBANK
    Account’s name: MERCY Humanitarian Fund
    Account no. : 5621 – 7950 – 4126

    ABA Swift Code: MBB EMY KLA
    Address: MAYBANK BERHAD, 20G-28G, Jalan Wawasan 4/5, Bandar Baru Ampang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

    OR

    RHB Bank
    Account’s name: MERCY Malaysia
    Account no : 2-12273-0000-9257

    Donations to “The Star Myanmar Relief Fund

    contribution into the donation box at The Starlobby in PETALING JAYA. 

    Some came in person to Menara Star .

     

    Cheques can be forwarded to_

    Mohammed Zamberi Othman,

    Ketua Akauntan, (Chief Accountant)

    Kementerian Luar Negeri, (MOF/Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

    No. 1 Jalan Wisma Putra, 62602 Putrajaya.

    MYANMAR/BURMESE CONTACTS

    Malaysia

    Ko Thant Zin Htwe (Bagan net computer centre Ph. 006-012 3612 731

    Ko Thant Zaw oo (Myo Kyawt Myaing) Ph. 006-017 3898 606

    Singapore

    Ko Min Than Win +65 9027 7370

    minthanwin@gmail.com

    Ko Win Zaw +65 9451 5247

    Address:
    12017 SW TUALATIN RD APT#732
    TUALATIN OREGON 97062Bank Information
    Name: Maung Maung
    Bank Name:Washington Mutual
    Routing Number:325070760
    Account Number: 1883616048

     

     

    Inside Myanmar

    Ko Tin Maung Than  0950 13159၊ 0951 07704

    Mufti U Myint Thein  200156

     

    UNICEF (UN) -> Donation Link

    International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) -> Donation Link

    World Food Programme (UN) -> Donation Link

    World Vision Organization -> Donation Link

    Save The Children Foundation (US) -> Donation Link

    CARE Organization -> Donation Link

    Adventist Development and Relife Agency -> Donation Link

    OCHA (office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN) -> Donation Link

    International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies -> Donation Link

    AVAAZ Organization-> Donation Link

     

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    Bank Name: Barclays
    Account Holder Name: Mr A Candobhasa
    Sortcode: 20-80-71
    AccountNo: 9000 2836
    Contact Info: 0787 7297 205,
    email: ucandobhasa@googlemail.com

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    Bank Name: HSBC
    Account Holder Name: Burmese Student Organisation UK
    Sortcode: 40-01-13
    AccountNo: 4154 6694
    Ref: CDA-[your mobile number]
    Last Day: 10th May, 2008
    Contact Info: Ko Win T – 0785 2175 467,
    Ko Chan N – 0780 4725 077
    More info: http://www.bsouk.org/

    • Miss Tharaphi Than
      Bank Name: Barclays
      Account Holder Name: Miss M T Than
      Sortcode: 20-89-15
      AccountNo: 6055 2232
      OR please send a check to
      Miss Tharaphi Than
      SEAsia Department
      SOAS, University of London
      London WC1H 0XG
      Last Day: She is going to Burma for providing First Aid Support in next three or four days
    • Unity To Victory (U2V) Organization
      u2v@u2v.org.uk
      tzhtike2004@gmail.com
    • ·         Ko Kyaw Naing Win (http://www.ait.ac.th/)
      AITMF@ait.ac.th
      st105800@ait.ac.th

      ·         မၾကည္စင္ရႊင္ (AIT Student)
      Mobile: + (66) (8) 4376 3287
      Email: st105907@gmail.com

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      Mobile: + (66) (8) 9994 2042
      Email: myohanhtun@gmail.com

      ·         Community Development & Civic Empowerment Program
      Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
      Tel: (053) 226697; Fax: (053) 226698; Email: cdce@chiangmai.ac.th, Web: cdcep.org

      Bank: Krung Thai Bank
      Branch: Chiang Mai University
      Account Name: CDCE: Nargis Disaster Relief Fund
      Account Number: 456-0-04544-5
      Swift Code: KRTHTHBK
      Branch Phone Number: 053-223191

    • If you would like to donate and help our people,
      Please contactBank name – Kyoto bank
      Branch- Hayakumanben ( 百万遍)
      Bank account – 146-4061545
      Name . ミャンマーサイクロン被害者募金口
                SAW OHNMAR HAN

      Osaka group

      Ma Tin Nyo Nyo thaung – 090-6247-7854

      Kyoto and Shiga group

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      U Aung Khin… 090-8231-3711

      Niigata Group

      Ma Mie Mie Htwe – 080-3191-1927

      Nagoya Group

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      Sendai Group

      Aung Ko Thet – 080-5568-6448

      Please contact this email.

      EMail address. .. cyclonevictimfund@gmail.com

       

     

     

     

    RIT-Alumni Singapore, jointly with Myanmar Club and BBT, will organize a prayer service and donation drive for our people who have suffered from Cyclone Nargis.

    Venue – Burmese Buddhist Temple (BBT)
    Time – 11th May (Sunday) 9:30 am
    Please forward this massage to reach the whole Myanmar community in Singapore.
    “Give a helping hand, Save our people’s lives”
    Please see the following link for more information.
    http://www.rit-alumni-singapore.org/

     

     

     

    Heartbreaking photos of Cyclone Nargis

    Tragic photo of Cyclone Victims of Burma, Mother cried for the children

    by Sit Mone

    WHY? WHY? WHY? THE Image may be subject to copyright?

    I GOT THE PERSONAL PERMISSION FROM SITMONE. SOME TIMES HE PUBLISH MY ARTICLE. BOTH OF US MUTUALLY AGREE TO ALLOW TO TAKE ANY THING. WE MUTUALLY COMMENTED RECIPROCALLY.

    WHO IS THE CLAVER PERSON PUTTING ALL THESE COPY RIGHTS FRAMES. JUST LOOK AT THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE ABOVE.

    IF SITMONE WRITE IN MY BLOG AGAIN IS THERE ANY COPY RIGHT VIOLATION?

    This blogger is very upset after seeing the enlarged photos of dead bodies of three children tied together, because their parents were afraid that they might be swept away by the high tide during (12 feet, wind speed 190 mile/hr)the onslaught of Cyclone Nargis.

    This blogger does not want readers to see the dead victims of Nargis Cyclone. Most of them were decomposed and some were very young children. The purpose of this link with due respect to the dead, and their loved ones, is for all the readers, to pray for the deads as well as those are still alive but struggling for survival.

    Another important reason for this post is Military Junta of Burma has declined to accept the International Aids and emergency disaster helps that could save, several thousand lives for their own selfish paranoid delusion. So please help Burmese people . linletkyalsin is a very outstanding blogger and activist from Singapore and you can find the group accepting donation and update of donation in her blog.

    Help Cyclone Nagis Victims of Burma!

     

    Baby, Myanmar cyclone

     http://linletkyalsin.blogspot.com/2008/05/blog-post_1886.html#links

    Labutta, Myanmar cyclone

    Myanmar cyclone,  Labutta,  Irrawaddy

    Cyclone in Myanmar