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Figures worsen for Myanmar disaster

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Figures worsen for Myanmar disaster


The latest UN estimates for the cyclone disaster in Myanmar suggest up to one point nine million people are struggling to survive its aftermath, and 220 thousand people are missing over a week after the storm. While these figures have leapt up, there is no corresponding upping of the pace of the rescue effort. Water queues get longer, when there is any water to queue for, and it is the same for food and shelter. Some families are struggling on a cup of a rice a day, with many giving all they have to their children.

The situation was not made any better when a Red Cross supply boat, one of the few operating, sank on an uprooted tree submerged in the Irawaddy river.

The ruling Generals are again showing themselves on television meeting people and touring freshly-built refugee camps, but while soldiers are busy clearing roads and waterways transport and distribution remains crippled.

And where are simple things like pallets and fork lift trucks at the airport to speed unloading of supplies, still being done by hand?

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