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By Jack Durrell and Milagros Mateos, International Federation in Bangkok

Inaccessible terrain will significantly undermine relief efforts in Myanmar and a widespread lack of health awareness will increase risks to public health in areas ravaged by Cyclone Nagris, according to the former head of the International Federation's delegation in Yangon.

Speaking in Bangkok where she is helping to coordinate the Red Cross Red Crescent response to the cyclone, Joanna Maclean expressed concerns that the Irrawaddy delta's intricate system of streams and limited road network would pose …

16 May 2008 description
report UN News Service

The top United Nations relief official plans to talk directly with the authorities in Myanmar in an effort to accelerate the relief effort for victims of Cyclone Nargis which may have left more than 100,000 people dead and severely affected up to 2.5 million others.

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes will fly into Myanmar on Sunday.

16 May 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

GENEVA, 16 May 2008 - UNICEF missions throughout the flooded regions of Myanmar report that the destruction of homes, schools and water and sanitation systems are posing terrible threats to children's lives and well-being.

In the 14th day after the cyclone struck, UNICEF warns that children who survived the cyclone are now at increasing risk of disease and of the consequences of cyclone not receiving timely assistance.

16 May 2008 description

AHRC-STM-137-2008

The response of the Burmese regime to the Cyclone Nargis disaster is now acknowledged to be the world's worst response to a disaster by any state or regime.

16 May 2008 description
report Government of Japan

1.  On May 14 (Wed), the Government of Japan decided to provide additional emergency relief goods (blankets, plastic canteens, portable water tanks, electric generators and reels of cable) equivalent to about $380,000 (about 43 million yen) to the Union of Myanmar, which has sustained damage from high waves and strong winds caused by a cyclone. These goods will arrive in Yangon on the 17th, and Mr. Hitoshi Kimura, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, will attend the hand-over ceremony.

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16 May 2008 description

BANGKOK/GENEVA, May 16, 2008 -- Responding to the increasingly critical need for humanitarian relief in Myanmar (Burma), ACT International launched a preliminary appeal today for US $5,156,215 to provide emergency assistance for up to 1.3 million cyclone-affected people.

Despite humanitarian access and logistical challenges, members of the global alliance, Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, have already mobilised resources through local organisations providing clean water, emergency food and non-food items to more than 100,000 people.

'ACT members have a long …

16 May 2008 description

As heavy rains continue to batter victims of the recent cyclone in Myanmar / Burma, the United Nations estimates that 1.5 million people remain in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Up to 100,000 people are now dead or missing.

16 May 2008 description

To ease the burden and sufferings of the victims of Tropical Typhoon Nargis in Myanmar, the Government of Malaysia had decided to contribute USD 1 million to the Government of Myanmar.  The contribution will be handed over by YB Menteri Luar Negeri, Dato' Seri Utama Dr.

16 May 2008 description

With forecasts of further heavy rain and with concerns growing about the worsening humanitarian situation in the cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy delta, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is today launching an emergency appeal for 52.8 million Swiss francs (USD 50.8 million / € 32.7 million).

'The cyclone was a monumental disaster and we are now facing a humanitarian catastrophe of staggering proportions,' said Markku Niskala, the secretary general of the …

16 May 2008 description
report ActionAid

DEC agencies have been delivering vital health and medical relief to hundreds of thousands of injured and sick cyclone survivors.

In Pyapon, in the Irrawaddy delta, ActionAid's partner organisation is setting up a semi-permanent medical centre after recently receiving government permission.

16 May 2008 description

ITU deploys satellite terminals

Geneva, 16 May 2008 - The International Telecommunication Union has deployed 100 satellite terminals to help restore vital communication links in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar on 2 May with devastating effect in Yangon and the low-lying Irrawaddy delta region. Thousands were killed, and thousands more are injured and missing.

16 May 2008 description

The International Rescue Committee is ramping up its delivery of life-saving health and shelter supplies to cyclone-ravaged districts in Myanmar.

The IRC is poised to receive 40 tons of donated and purchased medical, water treatment and shelter supplies arriving on international flights over the next week.

16 May 2008 description

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith says the money will go to the International Federation of the Red Cross for tents, blankets, water purification tablets and medical supplies.

Mr Smith says the Government also offered to send urban search and rescue teams from Emergency Management Australia.

But he says while the Chinese Government appreciated the offer, it was not accepted because of the logistical problems facing the rescue operation.

School building standards

Meanwhile, China has launched an investigation into the high number of schools that collapsed in Monday's …

16 May 2008 description

On Sunday IOM Yangon will take delivery of 13 MT of emergency drugs donated by US NGO AmeriCares for victims of Cyclone Nargis.

The drugs, which will arrive in Yangon from Amsterdam on Sunday morning, will be distributed in close cooperation with the World Health Organization and the Myanmar Ministry of Health, with which IOM has had a Memorandum of Understanding since 2004.

IOM currently has two medical assessment teams in the Irrawaddy delta region - the area worst hit by the cyclone. They are currently working in Bogale and Mawlamyinegyun, but are expected to return to Yangon at …

16 May 2008 description
report Mizzima News

Two weeks after Cyclone Nargis devastated parts of Burma, aid is trickling in and some relief workers have been allowed to enter the country, but the critical needs of those affected by the cyclone are still not being met, warns the UN.

The first signs of water-borne disease are appearing in the Irrawaddy Delta - west of Rangoon - which was hardest hit by the cyclone. A million children nay have been separated from their parents.

16 May 2008 description
report CARE

Almost two weeks on from the devastating Cyclone Nargis and with around half a million children affected, DEC agencies are now working around the clock to address the needs of children in the affected regions.

According to Save the Children up to two thousand of the youngest survivors of the Burma cyclone are lost and unable to find their parents and Save the Children's team in Myanmar (Burma) is working tirelessly with the UN and others to trace the families of separated children.

Guy Cave, Save the Children's Deputy Director in Burma, said: "The youngest are often the …

16 May 2008 description
report UN News Service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations is concerned with saving lives, not with politics, as he tries to ramp up aid efforts following Cyclone Nargis which struck Myanmar and has severely affected up to 2.5 million people.

Addressing members of the General Assembly, Mr.

16 May 2008 description
report Cruz Roja Española

Ante el pronóstico de lluvias torrenciales y la creciente preocupación por el deterioro de la situación humanitaria en la región del delta de Irrawaddy devastada por el ciclón, la Federación Internacional de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja hace un llamamiento por valor de 32.7 millones de euros.

El ciclón fue un desastre de ingentes dimensiones y, ahora, los supervivientes se enfrentan a una gran catástrofe humanitaria.

16 May 2008 description
report Trócaire

The scale of the damage and suffering in Burma after Cyclone Nargis is being forgotten as the headlines shift to the earthquake in China. The aid agency has had staff on the ground in Burma since May 6 and has launched a €1 million relief programme but getting to survivors is proving extremely difficult.

According to Mike Williams head of Trócaire's international department, 'The scale of the disaster in Burma is difficult to convey. There are very few images coming out and it's extremely unlikely journalists will be allowed in to the country any time soon.