38 die as ferry sinks in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A ferry sank in a river in Myanmar’s cyclone-battered Irrawaddy delta, killing nearly 40 people, state-media reported Friday.

The motorized ship sank in the Yway river Tuesday after water entered its stern section, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported. The report did not give details on how the accident happened.

The newspaper said 38 people were killed and 44 others rescued.

The ferry, named “Myo Pa Pa Tun,” was traveling from Pakeikkyi village to Myaungmya, about 94 miles west of Yangon, the newspaper said. Myaungmya was not badly affected by Cyclone Nargis, which left a swath of death and devastation in the delta when it struck in early May. More than 84,000 died in the storm.

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Myanmar Junta Begins Evicting Cyclone Victims From Shelters

New York Times 


Published: June 7, 2008

LABUTTA, Myanmar — Within a week of the storm that flooded the delta here last month with waves as high as 20 feet, the monasteries in this village were swarming with 14,000 people who had lost their families, homes and livelihoods.

Now those refugees are all but gone.

Refugees from Cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta on May 3, waited in Labutta to board boats to carry them back to their devastated villages.

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US aid ships asked to leave Myanmar

YANGON: The US military ordered navy ships loaded with relief aid off Myanmar’s coast to leave the area yesterday after the country’s junta refused to give them permission to help survivors of last month’s devastating cyclone. Continue reading

Myanmar cyclone: Drug lord crony will profit


But, like every other drug lord who has lasted long enough to salt his gains into legal trades, the secret of his success is not his guns or cunning, but his connections. Continue reading

Why is Burma alone? Because it wants to be

Published Tuesday June 3rd, 2008

A month on, sickness and sadness in Myanmar’s neglected villages

A month on, sickness and sadness in

Myanmar’s neglected villages


A woman stands among damaged houses in Labutta

where survivors in many areas are still awaiting vital aid

ANGU, Myanmar (AFP) — The Irrawaddy delta bore the brunt when Cyclone Nargis struck on May 2 and 3, instantly killing more than 20 people in Angu village, while dozens of villagers have since fallen ill with coughs, colds and diarrhoea as vital aid fails to reach the survivors.

Nearly all the 700 villagers of Angu, a farming and fishing community, are in a state of shock, many of them just staring blankly into nothing or lying motionless in makeshift tents which they share with farm animals and pets.

Khin Hle sits motionless under the shade of her once-happy two-storey home, which was reduced to a shell of broken wooden frames when Cyclone Nargis hit one month ago.

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Censor bans journals from reporting on cyclone

Nem Davies   
Thursday, 29 May 2008 21:25

New Delhi – Burma’s censorship board, infamous for its stranglehold on the media, has denied permission to Rangoon based weekly journals from publishing stories on the cyclone devastation. In depth stories focussing on cyclone devastated Irrawaddy delta were cut by the censors, said an editor of a weekly journal.

“At least one-fourth of the cyclone related reportage was censored by the board in this week’s journal. It was the same in last week’s publication,” said the editor, who requested not to be named.

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Myanmar: Monks succeed where generals falter

The people have grown much closer to Myanmar’s Buddhist monks, who provide care, aid and solace, while their alienation from the military junta has grown

By NEW YORK TIMES                                                                                                                   May 30, 2008

KUN WAN, MYANMAR – They paddle for hours on the stormy river or carry their sick parents on their backs through the mud, traveling for miles to reach the one source of help they can rely on: Buddhist monks.

At a makeshift clinic in Kun Wan, an Irrawaddy Delta village 75 miles southwest of Yangon, hundreds of villagers left destitute by Cyclone Nargis arrive each day seeking the assistance they have not received from the government. Continue reading