Nearly two weeks after a devastating cyclone ravaged parts of Myanmar, international aid agencies are expressing growing frustration at being denied access to the stricken areas. Of the material sent, there is no guarantee it is reaching those in need. The situation has been made worse by torrential rains lashing the affected region in recent days, as the threat of disease grows. The number of dead and missing could exceed 200,000, and an estimated 2.5 million people have been left destitute.
The ruling junta, which insists its relief operation is running smoothly, has agreed for the first time to allow foreign officials into the stricken zone on Saturday.