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Myanmar leadership rejects international criticism


Myanmar’s military government continues to reject international criticism that it’s not responding quickly enough to help the victims of Cyclone Nargis.
A spokesperson for the leadership said that all aid was welcome but that foreign aid workers were not needed.

As experts predict a second humanitarian catastrophe if aid and expertise aren’t rapidly allowed into the stricken region, medicines, tents and vital water cleaning tablets have been trickling into Yangon airport.

And today the European Union ministers in charge of humanitarian aid are meeting to beef up the blocs response to the emergency.

But it’s now 11 days after the south of the country formally known as Burma was hit by the cyclone and subsequent devastating storm surge.

Myanmar TV has been broadcasting images showing aid arriving with soldiers handing out relief packages with Buddhist monks helping out, but the military is insisting on controlling most of the distribution despite lacking the equipment and know how.

With the official death toll said to be 32,000 but with aid experts claiming its over 100,000 – fears are growing that polluted water and starvation will decimate those who are struggling to survive.

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