Myanmar, formerly known as Burma was hit by Cyclone Nargis on Saturday as it ripped through the Irrawaddy Delta and the commercial capital Yangon. Five regions have been declared disaster zone and tens of thousands have been left homeless with over 350 deaths already reported.
With many communication networks down including roads and bridges and many remote villages having been affected it is difficult to get a full overview of the damage caused. UN International agencies are working to co-ordinate their response, however the movement of foreign aid workers is restricted in military ruled Myanmar. Travel permits and official escorts are required and the transport of supplies and materials has restrictions on it.
Current aid priorities include water purfication tables and mosquito nets and with many thousands now left homeless in the current rainy season, waterproof sheeting is required to provide some shelter.
For more details on the cyclone, follow up some of the news links below
Video clips on the cyclone:
- ITN – Burma Cyclone Video
- Cyclone batters Myanmar’s main city Yangon
- Burma Must allow agencies in (Video from the BBC)