The EU’s humanitarian aid commissioner has wrung some concessions from Myanmar’s military leaders, raising hopes they will make relief efforts easier after a cyclone two weeks ago.
Louis Michel said more than one hundred doctors will be allowed into the country this weekend: “I asked for visas for our people; they have accepted to extend the visas. I also heard and that is a positive move, that they were ready to allow permissions and to allow visas for people coming with particular individual programmes and planning and that they could show the planning they had and the programme they had, they would allow visas and permissions, so there is something on the move.”
Myanmar state tv now says more than 130,000 people have been killed or are missing after the storm.
And aid agencies say unless more relief gets through, thousands more are at risk. Many victims have contracted diarrhea and dysentery and one agency says cholera has now broken out.