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According to latest news reports including one in the Yorkshire Post, UN aid agencies estimate that 100,000 people have already perished in Burma as a result of the cyclone. The official estimates hover around 30,000. (Reuters quoting Mynamar Sunday TV)
The Yorkshire Post article said that the 100,000 figure could multiply 15-fold to 1.5 million, if a sluggish aid response continues. Water-borne diseases, which have already started consuming several lives, will be the big killer.
If the gravity of the situation is not understood by everyone involved, it warns that the cyclone Nargis and its aftermath could quickly dwarf the Tsunami toll of 250,000 dead.
The article quotes Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who ‘blamed the “malign neglect” of the Burmese regime for turning the disaster into a “humanitarian catastrophe of genuinely epic proportions.” ‘
Read the full article here.
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