Burma Cyclone


Events:Burma Cyclone Response Meeting – NYC by carpediemdg
May 6, 2008, 8:58 pm
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==PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY==

NY Burma Action will hold a BURMA CYCLONE RESPONSE MEETING at 7PM, May 6, 2008, at the Studio Guild at 18 W 27th Street, 10th floor.

This meeting is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will formulate a city-wide plan to respond to the recent loss of over 20,000 lives in the Southeast Asian country of Burma (Myanmar) due to Cyclone Nargis.

WHEN: 7PM, Tuesday, May 6, 2008
WHERE: Studio Guild, 18 W 27th Street, 10th floor
CONTACT: Geoff Aung (geoff.aung@gmail.com, 914-474-6247

) & Cristina Moon (info@8808forburma.org, 347-756-4088 )

Burma, home to 50 million people, was hit by a cyclone with 120 mph winds on Saturday. The military government, though it was aware of the approaching storm, failed to warn or evacuate citizens. As a result, homes and villages have been destroyed by falling trees, rain and whipping winds, and a 12-foot tidal wave that washed an entire village away. Over 22,000 people have been reported as dead, and a further 40,000 are missing. The death toll will likely soar as supplies of clean water disappear and relief groups are obstructed from reaching more remote populations.

NY Burma Action will meet to discuss different possible responses – from holding events to raise money for humanitarian aid to rallied to urge the military regime in Burma to allow unrestricted access to affected populations by relief teams. The first days after such a natural disaster are critical – please come out to help us find the response to maximize the number of lives saved and relief gained.

— Divya

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