Saturday, May 17, 2008

Prepare to be disgusted

Hundreds of thousands of people in Burma, displaced from their homes, are taking shelter wherever they can, two weeks after Cyclone Nargis struck. Some have returned to their homes, even though flooding continues amid heavy rains. The government in Rangoon has raised the death toll to 78,000, but aid agencies say it could be much higher. Some boxes of aid have been getting through, but agencies say the Burmese government is still obstructing a proper aid operation. Local donations are also crucial in providing rice for survivors, but the Red Cross said unless they get clean water, a lot more people will die. "If clean water isn't available, it's going to be the biggest killer in the post-disaster environment," Thomas Gurtner said. However, the Burmese prime minister said the priority had now shifted from emergency relief to reconstruction - as at Rangoon's Shwedagon pagoda, which was damaged in the storm.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

that's awful. those people need our thoughts and help. thank you for posting & devoting a moment to it.