Filed under: From the Field, International Response, Latest News, Media, Uncategorized | Tags: aid, International Response, Irrawaddy, los angeles times, rotten rice
A graphic description from the Los Angeles Times of villagers searching for rice among corpses: Myanmar Villagers Scavenge for Rotten Rice
Charges that the junta is threatening villagers before visits by aid groups, from Irrawaddy: Cyclone Survivors Don’t Want UN Chief to Visit Delta
Filed under: From the Field, Latest News, Media, Resources, Uncategorized | Tags: alertnet, begging, cyclone, Irrawaddy, lede, news, reuters
<<Torrential tropical downpours lashed Myanmar’s cyclone-hit Irrawaddy delta on Friday as thousands of destitute victims took to roadsides to beg for help to supplement the meagre trickle of aid flowing in.>>
Filed under: Events, From the Field, Interview, Resources, Uncategorized | Tags: burma roundtable, Irrawaddy, moe gyo, news, newsweek, NYC
Two new sites:
- Moe Gyo, meaning ‘thunder’ in Burmese, posting recent updates from inside Burma: http://moegyo.blogspot.com
- Burma Roundtable, listing cyclone-related vigils, etc. in NYC: http://nyburmaroundtable.googlepages.com/
Finally, from newsweek.com:
A leading Burmese exile discusses the junta’s slow response to cyclone relief and why many see the cyclone as divine intervention against their despotic leaders. Melinda Liu interviews Aung Zaw, the editor of ‘The Irrawaddy’ news magazine:
Read full interview here
Filed under: International Response, Latest News, Uncategorized | Tags: Burma news, contributions, International Response, Irrawaddy, news, UK
According to a Burmese online news magazine, The Irrawaddy, foreign governments have collectively pledged more than US $ 30 million for the Burma cyclone response effort. UK tops the list, assuming monetary responsibility for one- third of the amount by pledging US $10 million.
The next pledge amount is a tie between the U.S. and the European Union at US $ 3 million. Surprisingly, Japan is way down on the list with a pledge amount of US $267,570. Of Burma’s two big neighbors – China and India – the former pledged US $500,000 in cash, plus supplies such as tents, blankets and food and India sent two naval ships containing food, tents, blankets, clothing and medicine sent to Rangoon. Two aircraft carriers with supplies are to leave for Burma on Wednesday.
See full list here.