Thousands of children in Myanmar could die within weeks if food does not get through to them soon. That is the stark warning from the charity Save the Children, as pressure mounts on the military regime to allow in more foreign aid.
Around 2.5 million people have been left destitute by last week’s devastating cyclone: “The government is not doing anything,” said one resident. “Other organisations like UNDP, UNICEF and local donors come here. They help us with the problems of shelter and food.”
As protesters across the border in Thailand call on Myanmar to let in more foreign help, diplomatic pressure is being stepped up. A senior UN envoy is due in Yangon today with a letter from the UN Secretary General, whose attempts to call the regime have gone unanswered.
France and Britain are also among those countries who have condemned the attitude of the generals in Myanmar. While some foreign help has been trickling in, access for a large-scale relief operation has been refused. At least 134,000 people are reported dead or missing.