AFP:Myanmar cyclone survivors struggle to rebuild lives


KUNGYANGON, Myanmar (AFP) — With tents still serving as homes and schools seven months after Cyclone Nargis lashed Myanmar, survivors say they are struggling to rebuild their lives as international aid trickles in.

Fisherman Htein Lin Aung, a father of three, says a new roof is out of the question as he fixes the engine of his boat beneath the tarpaulin covering of his bamboo tent outside the town of Kungyangon.

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Helpless and hopeless, Myanmar cyclone survivors struggle on

By Aung Hla Tun

PAY KUNHNASAY, Myanmar (Reuters) – Six months after Cyclone Nargis slammed into army-ruled Myanmar, killing more than 130,000 people, many in the worst-hit Irrawaddy delta continue to rely on handouts to stay alive.

“We get rice and beans from a charity called Care Myanmar, drinking water from the sky and fish from this creek,” said Maung Oo, a swarthy 51-year-old, as he stared at monsoon floodwaters lapping against his makeshift bamboo and tarpaulin hut.

Around the village, 40 km (25 miles) south of Yangon, the paddy fields are under water and unplanted, casting doubt on assertions from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization that 97 percent of storm-hit parts of the delta — once the “rice bowl of Asia” — is under cultivation again.

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People & Power – After Nargis – 25 May 08 – Part 1(Al


At Last, Burma Opens Doors to Aid


Saturday, May. 24, 2008       

(AP / YANGON, Burma) — Aid agencies geared up Saturday to go into Burma’s cyclone-hit Irrawaddy delta after the country’s ruling junta vowed to open its doors to help ahead of an international donors meeting. 

After weeks of stubbornly refusing assistance, Burma’s ruling generals have told the United Nations they are now willing to allow workers of all nationalities to help survivors of the storm that left about 78,000 people dead and another 56,000 missing. Continue reading

Burma needs humanitarian intervention: NCGUB

May 21, 2008 (DVB)–Humanitarian intervention is needed if the Burmese regime continues to obstruct the delivery of international aid to cyclone victims, the prime minister of the Burmese government-in-exile told DVB. 

National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma prime minister Dr Sein Win criticised the Burmese junta’s response to the disaster and failure to provide timely assistance to victims. Continue reading

Myanmar Cyclone photo album from Reuters Part 6




A woman sits at her destroyed home in a village hit by Cyclone Nargis, outside of Yangon May 20, 2008.


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