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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The world this year

The credit crunch turned into a full-blown global financial crisis in September when Lehman Brothers, one of Wall Street’s big investment banks, declared bankruptcy and American officials seized control of American International Group to prevent the giant insurer’s collapse. As panic spread, governments engineered the rescue of distressed banks or took them over directly. By the end of the month the remaining big Wall Street houses had either been absorbed by others or become bank holding companies.

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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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The Return of Burma’s Monks


The Return of Burma’s Monks

Friday, May. 16, 2008


Rangoon travel agent Chin Chin used to take tourists to a nearby Irrawaddy delta town famous for its pottery. But the vast waterworld of rivers and rice fields that stretched beyond it was a foreign land to her until Cyclone Nargis and its horrific aftermath. On Thursday, Chin Chin and her friends bought rice and water, loaded it on a truck, and drove deep into the delta. She was shocked by what she saw: roads lined with hundreds of cold and hungry villagers, disregarded by their own government, who had walked for an hour from their broken villages to beg from passing motorists.

“They were mostly housewives,” recalls Chin Chin, who goes by the nickname. “They told me, ‘Rice is a must, so it’s worth standing in the rain for three or four hours to get some.’ They didn’t even have a change of clothes.” Fighting back her tears, Chin Chin gave out rice and listened to stories of families torn apart and villages destroyed. “It was piteous,” she says. “I really sympathized with them. We didn’t see any aid from government or foreign groups.”

Chin Chin belongs to a burgeoning homegrown relief effort which is capturing Burmese from all walks of life. Students and shopkeepers, medics and models — thousands of people have now donated money, food or services to Nargis victims. Hundreds like Chin Chin are delivering aid themselves, while privately run local charities are reorienting their operations around cyclone relief.

While they continue to make it difficult for foreigners to offer aid, Burma’s generals welcome the help of their own people — at least officially. “Myanmar people’s generosity is amazing,” marvels a recent article in The New Light of Myanmar, a state-run newspaper.* Privately, however, they must be getting nervous. Ordinary Burmese are horrified by the suffering of their compatriots and angry at the junta’s inadequate attempts to alleviate it. Their humanitarian efforts could well spark a political one, especially as it also involves Buddhist monks, who last September led the biggest anti-government protests Burma had seen for nearly 20 years.

Private donors have faced some government restrictions. Those who arrive in the towns have been asked to hand over their relief supplies to local authorities for distribution. Instead, many are reportedly storing the goods with sympathetic locals and secretly distributing them by themselves. The junta doesn’t want foreigners distributing aid in the delta, but neither does it feel comfortable with Burmese distributing it. “The government is scared that relief workers will get involved in politics,” says a co-founder of one Burmese relief group.

Some are involved already. Celebrated actor Kyaw Thu, who was jailed for a month for joining last September’s demonstrations, runs the Free Funeral Services Society, a private charity offering free cremations for the poor. It is now operating its own relief effort, with volunteers at its Rangoon headquarters loading up delta-bound trucks with donated goods.

Another anti-junta stalwart is comedian Zaganar (the name means “Tweezers”), also briefly jailed for his role in last year’s protests. Zaganar and his celebrity friends have bought food and medical supplies for Nargis victims and are using their names to raise more funds. Both the disaster and the grassroots response to it are unprecedented in Burma. “I think there will be political consequences,” he says. “People are very angry with the government.”

The monks are also on the move again. Buddhist temples and monasteries have always played a central role in helping the needy in Burma (as, in this religiously and ethnically diverse country, have churches, mosques and Hindu temples). After the cyclone, monks led small-scale relief efforts into the delta, the distinctive multicolored flags of their faith fluttering from cars and small trucks. Monks from well-known monasteries in Mandalay and elsewhere in Burma are either in the delta or heading there, while in Pakkoku — the Irrawaddy town near Mandalay where last year’s protests originated — their brethren are reportedly soliciting donations for cyclone victims. Shwe Pyi Hein Monastery, which already runs a free clinic in Rangoon, has dispatched five volunteer doctors to the disaster area, who are treating more than 100 people every day.

Despite the participation of thousands of Burmese, the impact of this homegrown relief effort will always limited, admits Zaganar. “We deliver our supplies by road because we cannot afford a boat,” he says. “But most victims live close to the water. We cannot get through to them.” He says Burma desperately needs more boats and helicopters from abroad. Not even the nation’s richest private donors — who include junta cronies like tycoon Tay Za, who was put on a U.S. sanctions list last year — have the means or expertise to meet even a fraction of the needs in far-flung delta areas.

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

How and where to make a contribution for

Myanmar Cyclone disaster victims (in Burmese)

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မုန္တိုင္းဒဏ္ခံရေသာ ျမန္မာျပည္သူမ်ားကို ကူညီၾကပါရန္
ဆုိင္းကလံုးေၾကာင့္ ေသဆံုသူ ႏွစ္ေသာင္းႏွစ္ေထာင္ေက်ာ္ ရွိသည္ဟု စစ္အစုိးရ ေရဒီယို၏ ေနာက္ဆံုးသတင္း ေၾကညာသြားသည္။ ေသဆံုးသူ 100,000 ဦးေသဆံုးျပီး ၄၁၀၀၀ ေပ်ာက္ဆံုးေနသည္ကို အတည္ျပဳႏိုင္ျပီဟု ပါရွိသည္။

ေသဆံုးပ်က္စီးမႈ အေရအတြက္မွာ ထပ္ခါ ထပ္ခါ တက္လာေနဆဲ ျဖစ္သည္။မုန္တိုင္းဒဏ္ခံရေသာ ျမန္မာျပည္သူမ်ားကို ကူညီႏိုင္ရန္အတြက္ ျပည္တြင္းမွ စီးပြားေရးလုပ္ငန္းရွင္မ်ားမွ စတင္စီစဥ္လ်က္ ေၾကာင္းသတင္း ရရိွပါသည္။ ၄င္းအစီအစဥ္တြင္ ျပည္ပေရာက္ျမန္မာ မြတ္စလင္မ္မ်ားမွ ပါ၀င္ လွဴဒါန္းၾကပါရန္ တိုက္တြန္းလိုက္ပါသည္။ အလွဴေငြေကာက္ခံရရိွမႈ အေပၚတြင္မူတည္၍ ပထမဦးစားေပး အေနျဖင့္ ရန္ကုန္တိုင္းမွ အဓိက မုန္တိုင္းဒဏ္ေၾကာင့္ ျပင္းျပင္းထန္ထန္ ပ်က္စီးသြားေသာ ေရႊျပည္သာ၊ ဒဂံုျမိဳ႕သစ္၊ ကြမ္းျခံကုန္း၊လိႈင္သာယာ စေသာ ျမိဳ႕နယ္မ်ားမွ မိသားစုမ်ားကို ကူညီသြားပါမည္။ အဓိကအားျဖင့္ ဆန္ကိုထား၍ လွဴဒါန္းသြားမည္ဟုသိရပါသည္။ အလွဴေငြရရိွမႈေပၚမူတည္၍ ဧရာ၀တီတိုင္းမွ ငပုေတာ၊ လပတၱာ၊ ေမာ္လၿမိဳင္္၊ ဖ်ာပံု၊ ဘိုကေလး၊ က်ိဳက္လတ္၊ ေဒးဒရဲၿမိ့ဳနယ္ ၊ ကူညီသြားရန္ အစီအစဥ္မ်ားျပဳလုပ္သြားမည္ဟု သိရပါသည္။ ျပည္ပေရာက္ ျမန္မာမြတ္စလင္မ်ားအေနျဖင့္ အလွဴေငြမ်ား ထည့္၀င္လိုပါလ်င္ ေအာက္ပါႏိုင္ငံမ်ားမွ မိတ္ေဆြမ်ားထံသို႕ဆက္သြယ္ စံုစမ္းေဆာင္ရြက္ႏို္င္ပါသည္။
Cyclone Nargis (REUTERS/courtesy

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Hello. i’am an indonesian. me and my friend, stiill waitin for visa to fo to myanmar, to help in disaster area. acoording to the plan, we try to help for moslems victims. can you give us an information about it. and can you tell us about an organization that need a volunteer?

please lt us know, immediatly



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Fears Burma storm toll could soar

Fears Burma storm toll could soar


Five days after a devastating cyclone struck, the UN has urged Burma to open its doors to foreign aid and staff.

Many of the estimated million people  

made homeless need food and water

                                                                 A girl drinks water from a container as her homeless family eat donated food in Konegyangone township in the outskirts of Yangon on WednesdayMore than 22,000 people were killed, says the government, but the top US diplomat in Burma warned that without speedy action that could top 100,000.

Amid the “increasingly horrendous” situation, there is a “real risk” of disease outbreak, said the head of the US embassy in Burma, Shari Villarosa.

Some aid has arrived but the UN says big obstacles remain for aid agencies.

Burma’s ruling military junta has approved the passage of some aid, but other offers have been spurned while many foreign aid workers are being held in a queue for visas.

In the area worst affected by Saturday’s cyclone, the vast Irrawaddy delta, survivors have walked for days past dead bodies to find help.

They are hungry, thirsty and vulnerable to disease – but roads and bridges are blocked and aid has been slow to arrive.

Disease risk

The last Burmese death toll, on Tuesday, said 22,464 people had now been confirmed dead and another 41,054 people were missing as a result of high winds and the tidal surge.

Up to a million people are thought to have been left homeless in the crisis, which has left thousands of square kilometres of the Irrawaddy delta under water.

Shari Villarosa, the charge d’affaires of the US embassy in Burma – also known as Myanmar – said food and water were running short in the delta area and called the situation there “increasingly horrendous.”

“There is a very real risk of disease outbreaks as long as this continues,” Ms Villarosa said, according to Associated Press.

The death toll could reach or exceed 100,000 as humanitarian conditions worsen, she said – based on information from a non-governmental organisation that she would not name.

UN map showing worst-hit areas,
based on satellite imagery

Detail from UN cyclone mapBut Burma’s generals will be suspicious of the source of the statistic – their opponent the United States, says the BBC’s world diplomatic editor Brian Hanrahan.

Accounts from the Irrawaddy delta have spoken of fistfights breaking out between survivors desperate to seize dwindling supplies of food and water.

Some are breaking open coconuts for the water inside, while others are driven to eating dead fish.

Deaths may top 100,000Poor sanitation, rotting bodies in the water, and flooding could all bring disease, aid agencies warn.

They highlight the risk of mosquito-borne malaria and dengue fever, along with water-borne diseases such as cholera and dysentery.

Calls for access

The Burmese authorities have attracted criticism over claims they are refusing to provide visas to waiting foreign aid workers and have spurned some offers of help, such as a US offer to deploy three naval ships and two planes in the region.

The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is the latest to voice such criticism, telling reporters:

“What remains is for the Burmese government to allow the international community to help its people. It should be a simple matter. It is not a matter of politics.”

Speaking to reporters, the UN’s humanitarian chief John Holmes accepted that aid agencies had faced difficulties accessing the disaster zone.

But, he said, co-operation from the Burmese authorities was “reasonable and heading in the right direction”.

Devastation the days afterHe dismissed a suggestion by the French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner that the UN Security Council should adopt a resolution allowing aid to be flown into the country by force as unnecessarily confrontational.

Mr Holmes said 24 countries had pledged assistance so far worth $30m (£15m), and a flash appeal would be launched on Friday once an initial assessment of need was complete.

Response to Myanmar's crisisAn assessment team was due in Burma on Thursday.

A stream of aid is now in, or on its way, to Burma:

  • The UN says a plane loaded with 25 tonnes of supplies and a small team of rescue staff will arrive in Burma within days
  • The UN’s World Food Programme has dispatched an additional four planes loaded with supplies including high-energy biscuits
  • Chinese media say a plane carrying 60 tonnes of aid has landed in the biggest city, Rangoon
  • Planes from Thailand, India and Indonesia are also being dispatched
  • The WFP has already begun to distribute existing food aid stocks in and around Rangoon, and the Red Cross has a handful of expatriate and many local staff on the ground.

Photos of Burma Devastated by Storm

Photos of Burma Devastated by Storm

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