Filed under: Death Toll and missing, International Response, Latest News, Uncategorized | Tags: Australia Special Broadcasting Service, Burma state television, dalai lama, outpost of tyranny, responsbility to protect, tropical rains, world food programme, World Meteoroligical Center
In an informative article written for Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service, which just got filed a few minutes ago, the UN’s World Meteorological Center sent out a message saying another cyclone is forming in the Burma area. The article states “it is not clear yet where the landfall will be or when it will become a full-fledged cyclone.”
Here’s a list of other informative bits from the article:
- Relief effort is only delivering an estimated one-tenth of the supplies needed in the delta area.
- Burma‘s State Television said the death toll has risen from 32,000 to 34,273 and the number of missing is 27,838. (The UN estimates over 100,000 dead).
- Heavy tropical rains are making matters worse.
- World Food Programme said it was able to move less than 20 percent of the 375 tonnes of food into the devastated Delta.
- The military junta says it has allowed ‘aid from any nation’ to reach inside Burma but does not want foreigners distributing it.
- The UN principle of “responsibility to protect” is underutilized – ‘the “responsibility to protect” (R2P) doctrine outlines the conditions in which the international community is obligated to intervene in another country, militarily if necessary, to prevent genocide, ethnic cleansing, and other atrocities.’
- Burma called an “outpost of tyranny” by Washington – a phrase originally used by Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, in 2005 to describe “certain countries where she believes the government is oppressive and shows contempt for human rights and democracy.”
- The Dalai Lama, who has traditionally refrained from making comments about the majority Buddhist-populated Burma, broke his silence on the issue. “I am shocked by the destruction, especially by the high number of people who have perished and as a result this catastrophe has compounded the problems of poverty that already exists in Burma,” he said.
Read this full article here.
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