A fresh cyclone could be forming off the coast of Myanmar, a devastating blow for the nearly two million people made homeless by Cyclone Nargis 12 days ago. With aid still arriving at a pitiful rate, they are in a desperate situation, with little food, clean water or shelter and the threat of disease ever present.
UN weather experts say a tropical depression in the Bay of Bengal could form into a “significant” cyclone within the next 24 hours but could not say when or where it may make landfall.
At the request of the UN, the Thai prime minister has flown to Myanmar to meet the military leaders in the hope he may able to persuade them to accept outside help.
As a token concession, the junta has invited 160 aid workers from neighbouring Banglasdesh, China, India and Thailand.
Some victims of the cyclone suffering from cholera and dysentery are being cared for at a medical clinic on the Thai border, where treatment is free and no questions are asked.