Filed under: From the Field, International Response, Latest News, Opinion/Editorial, Resources, Uncategorized | Tags: cyclone nargis, doctors, irrawaddy delta, Than Shwe, The Irrawaddy
As news about the Myanmar cyclone and it’s aftermath recedes into the background (including in the media), an op-ed in the Burmese news magazine, The Irrawaddy, sheds light on why the junta refused assistance from the U.S. military. And I quote,
“What the generals truly fear is that if they allow US warships and foreign forces to come to the aid of cyclone survivors in the Irrawaddy delta, people will soon rise up and the regime would be overthrown. That fear prevented the Than Shwe regime from allowing the US to come in and help.”
As the fate of more than 2 million remains unknown, local Burmese sources such as The Irrawaddy are good to remain tuned in to what’s happening on the ground.
Some of the it’s top stories include:
- Foreign doctors leave cyclone-hit Burma
- UN Official warns of ‘disastrous consequences’ for food without diesel
- Obstacles force donors to abandon the delta
- The troops have arrived at last, but where’s the aid?
- Nargi’s Number Game
There’s tons more stories here.–Divya
Filed under: Donations, Events, Facebook, Resources, Uncategorized | Tags: charity, cyclone nargis, desis in dc
There is a facebook group for this event
Event: charity happy hour for Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (Burma) “donate generously”
Host: Desis in DC
When: Thursday, May 29 at 6:00pm
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
Filed under: Death Toll and missing, International Response, Latest News, Uncategorized | Tags: bbc, burma pledge, cyclone nargis, irawaddy delta, world food programme
Cautious response to Burma pledge
Aid agencies have given a cautious welcome to the announcement that Burma’s leaders will allow all foreign relief workers into cyclone-hit areas.
The UN’s World Food Programme said the real test was whether its workers would be allowed to leave Rangoon for the devastated southern Irrawaddy Delta.
About 78,000 people died and 56,000 are missing after the 2 May cyclone.
Meanwhile, the polls have opened in the final stage of a controversial referendum on a new constitution.
Read the full article here.
Filed under: From the Field, International Response, Latest News, Photos, Uncategorized | Tags: ban ki-moon, cyclone nargis, new york times, UN
Here’s the link to ‘pictures of the day’ on the New York Times website. Among other events across the globe, the photographs capture the trail of destruction left behind by cyclone Nargis as UN Sect. General, Ban-Ki-Moon surveys the scene.
Filed under: Death Toll and missing, International Response, Latest News, Uncategorized | Tags: cyclone nargis, irrawaddy delta, Karen State, Mon State, oral-rehydration, Pegu Division, reliefweb, save the children alliance, united nations, Yangon Division
According to a recent press release by Save the Children Alliance on ReliefWeb, the organization has reached 160,632 people including more than 50,000 children with food, water, shelter materials, household supplies and oral-rehydration salts to treat diarrhea.
Other highlights from the release include:
- The death toll from Cyclone Nargis continues to rise. Unofficial estimates from the United Nations suggest that as many as 102,000 people have died, and up to 1.9 million people have been affected.
- Authorities have declared five regions — with an estimated total population of 24 million — to be in a state of emergency, including Yangon Division, Pegu Division, Mon State, Karen State and the Irrawaddy Division.
- Humanitarian agencies are expressing concern about an impending hungry season, as the rice planting thatI normally begins in June may be hampered by lack of tools and supplies, as well as by land made less arable by an influx of salt water from the storm surge.
- Even before the disaster, an estimated 30 percent of children in the region suffered from chronic malnutrition, according to health experts.
- Throughout Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta region, many villages have been devastated, with thousands of homes destroyed, and more than 3,000 schools damaged.
- Much of the delta is reachable only by boat, even in normal times, but many boats were destroyed in the storm — limiting the ability of storm survivors to find food, water and medical assistance.
Read the full press release here.
Filed under: Donations, Events, Uncategorized | Tags: concert, cyclone nargis, D.C., Events, relief
Cyclone Nargis Relief Concert in D.C. May 17– click here for more info.
Filed under: From the Field, Latest News, Photos, Uncategorized | Tags: aid delays, Burma, cyclone, cyclone nargis, Divya, military junta, new york times, Photos
Here are links to three telling slideshows from the New York Times which illuminate the situation on the ground in Burma and the havoc wreaked by Cyclone ‘Nargis.’