Thursday, May 22, 2008

UN SG visits Myanmar to speed-up aid efforts

Myanmar a food scarce for its people,Once the rice bowl of Asia is in midst of Nargis hit cyclone disaster which has made millions of Myanmar citizen suffer from natural catastrophe and now the aid trickle has added more suffering.

Mayhem and suffering on increase in Myanmar,the Secretary General of United Nations Ban-ki-Moon is visiting today to convince the Myanmar Junta to speed-up the international aid efforts by allowing free access to their teams and logistic supports as Helicopter,Vehicals and medical teams.

Myanmar a reclsuive nation,governing its people on strategy that of Communist with frugal freedom for its people and restrictive to the global media or international agencies may not allow free access to their cylone ravaged area of Irrawaddy delta.Secerary general efforts will go in vain but as the Intyernational head he finds its necessary to give a clarion call on humanitarian grounds for cause on which the International organisation have been instituted.


Than Shwe is touring the disaster zone as per the state media reports into the hardest-hit regions of the Irrawaddy delta for the first time.Till Sunday, General Than Shwe,the senior general had not made a public appearance or remark about the disaster.

International agencies are blaming the Myanmar junta that it has failed to reach the millions of starving people and provide basic needs to the peoples in the midst of cylone ravaged zones

“While the ASEAN initiative may turn out to be a step forward, it does not have the capacity to address all the urgent needs faced by Burma"s cyclone survivors," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

“Governments and aid agencies should not delude themselves into thinking otherwise."

The group urged the international community to demand more visas for relief workers, freedom for agencies to oversee aid distribution, and approval for foreign governments to use military assets to deliver aid.

“Until the Burmese Government opens its doors to all aid offered, unnecessary deaths and suffering will continue," Mr Adams said, while urging the United Nations Security Council to take action against Burma"s generals.

“How many failed and inconclusive meetings and visits to Burma by diplomats will it take before the UN Security Council acts?"

Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar in midnights on May 2 leaving more than 150,000 people dead or missing. Million people that the UN estimates the storm severely affected, only about 500,000 have been reached by international aid so far.

Relief organisations have accused the military junta of slowing the flow of life-saving supplies by insisting it can handle the crisis on its own.

Burma agreed at regional talks in Singapore yesterday to allow ASEAN to coordinate an international relief effort, after resisting multiple foreign attempts to deliver aid to hard-hit areas.

UN aid official John Holmes was allowed yesterday to glimpse how desperate the situation has become, as he toured part of the delta, where entire villages were washed away.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon, was set to visit the hardest-hit regions of Burma on Thursday ahead of weekend fund-raising talk in Rangoon.

World Bank has refused help to Myanmar beacuse of its outstanding debts.

Myanmar is lacking basic infrastructure,bridges broken roads in poor states and lack of communication with poor navigation has hampered the aid work.Aid eneterd has not been ably distributed by the junta rulers creating situation from bad to worse

Myanmar axed EU aid offer

Nargis Cyclone hit Myanmar has asked India to send its army medical teams to assist relief operations an Indian official said Thursday. An Indian Air Force transport aircraft is planned to fly to Yangon on Saturday carrying a team of doctors and medical supplies, said the official who did not want to be identified.

Commissioner of European Union Lois Michael three days visit to Myanmar to offer humanitarian aid was refused by Junta rulers.




He asked for more visa and free entryof NGO and aid teams for six moths to move in Irradwaddy delta as the need of the hours.

"I urged the Burmese government to grant more visa and allow more expertise in so that there is more efficient response to the disaster" Commissioner said to journalist," I stressed that my mission was purely humanitarian and not political".Time is of the essence".

EU commissioner spoke to powerless minister and the supreme Genral Than Shwe has only the powers to make decision.His request to visit Irrawady delta is met along with sixty diplomates and heads of UN agency are arranged to take them in helicopters to site of catastrophe.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

More than 1.5 Millions severely affected:UN official

Countries with iron curtain faces controversy as they live on their way of goverance and not as Soveriegn state for Sovereign people.The Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar on Saturday, devastating the Irrawaddy delta, the cities of Yangon and Pegu, and the states of Karen and Mon, a large parts of the country.

Victim of Nargis are in tattered,shambles and in pitable condition which needs humantarians aid,they are global citizens and human being therefore to get natural global attention inspite of rulers reservations, developed countries are coming forwrd to help.

The death toll is likely to mount further as rescue workers still struggle to reach remote settlements with skelton infrastructure and the nationwide number of displaced or homelss people could reach million.

Myanmar junta has imposed a state of emergency in the five worst-hit areas - the Irrawaddy delta, the cities of Yangon and Pegu, and the states of Karen and Mon. It is expected that most of the deaths came in the low-lying,slushy,marshy Irrawaddy delta region when Naris cyclone hit them with speed of 190KMPH in early hours of saturday with tidal waves crossing 3.5 meter height encroaching and distroying the dwelling the habitants of low lying delta.

John Holmes, the UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said the conditions in the disaster-stricken Myanmar is extremely dangerous.Their is a high risk of epidemic due to unsanitary conditions caused by rotting carcasses and corpses in towns and villages and a lack of clean drinking water.

More than 1.5 million people have been “severely affected” by the Nargis tropical cyclone that hit Myanmar at the weekend, a UN official said on Thursday.

Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar last Saturday, devastating large parts of the country. The death toll, which currently stands at over 100,000, is likely to rise further as rescue workers struggle to reach remote settlements, while the nationwide number of displaced people could reach millions.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Myanmar no to foreign rescue team

Myanmar is "not ready" for foreign search and rescue teams
Myanmar no to foreign rescue team

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2008-05-09 07:16:55 - No Air drop of food aids on Nargis victims.
US has offered to drop food packages from aeroplanes or helicopters to which Myanmar junta has not permitted their aircraft to fly on their aerial zone.US official says they have dropped the idea to undertake such an effort.


Myanmar is getting assurance of aid on Nargis victim as the cyclone has completely devasted leaving people in mayhem and great suffering,Countries which came forward are India Japan. South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand,German,Norweign,Israel,China,US,UK,Czech.

Myanmar is "not ready" for foreign search and rescue teams after the deadly cyclone, the foreign ministry said on Friday in a state newspaper, announcing that
some aid workers had been deported.

A search and rescue team and media who arrived on Wednesday on a flight from Qatar were deported the same day because Myanmar authorities believed the plane was only carrying supplies, not workers, the statement said.

"The relevant parties from the Myanmar side did not have prior information on the presence of such teams. The Myanmar side understood that only handing over of donated emergency provisions would take place," it said.
"Currently Myanmar has prioritised receiving emergency relief provisions and is making strenuous efforts to transport those provisions without delay by its own labours to the affected areas," it said.
"As such, Myanmar is not ready to receive search and rescue teams as well as media teams from foreign countries."
Myanmar will only accept donations of cash or emergency aid, the statement added, saying the country needed medical supplies, food, clothing, generators and shelters.
"The donors and the international community can be assured that Myanmar is doing its best ... to relieve the suffering of victims of Cyclone Nargis."

So far 11 charter flights carrying international aid have arrived in Yangon "with prior consent" from Myanmar authorities, the statement said.
"Myanmar authorities on their part have been making their best efforts to forward and distribute the donated provisions to the victims in a timely manner," it said.Officially, Myanmar says that nearly 23,000 people have died while more than 42,000 are missing.
The United States has estimated the true toll at near 100,000.
US prepared to work with India to provide relief in Myanmar
The US has said that it was prepared to work with countries like India and China to provide humanitarian assistance in cyclone-ravaged Myanmar if Yangon did not allow a direct entry to its military for relief operations.

Responding to a question on whether the US could work with the United Nations and countries like India and China until the airdrops by its military were okayed by the military junta, the Defence Secretary Robert Gates sounded positive.

"Well, this is really more the State Department's and the White House's arena, but my belief would be that if we cannot get in directly, that we would be prepared to work creatively with others in any way we could to help. And if that involves using an intermediary, perhaps we would do that," he said speaking at the Pentagon.

"I think our interest here is totally non-political. It's to try and help the people of Myanmar. And I think if we can't do it directly, then we'd be prepared to consider other means of doing it," he stressed.

Meanwhile, the State Department said that there were no plans to get the United Nations Security Council involved in the humanitarian issue.

"The UNSC has been used on Myanmar for political issues and there are no plans by Washington to approach that body in the current humanitarian crisis," State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said.

"Our focus, really, is -- as well as others -- trying to get the diplomacy to work, to try to get this regime to allow in international assistance. That really is the focus of our efforts," he added.

A week after the Cyclone Nargis hit Irrawady delta 22 villages the southernwest coast of Burma rendering a lakh homeless and many thousand killed victime still to get relief.

Myanmar junta has been slow in offering timely help to the victim.Budhist monks with their open hearts are making efforts to bring the people to their monastries with help of all sorts,food,medicalaid, shelters and peoples are offering their assitance to these monastries as per the internet reports.


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Kyi party urges Myanmar junta to delay vote

2008-05-09 07:50:26 - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party called on the junta to postpone a constitutional referendum this weekend after the devastating cyclone that has left tens of thousands dead.


Myanmar devastating cyclone that has left tens of thousands dead. The opposition parties National league for democracy conveys,"With this situation, it is not the appropriate time to hold the referendum," National League for Democracy spokesman Nyan Win said.

The military has insisted the referendum will go ahead on Saturday in most of the impoverished state except in areas worst hit by
Cyclone Nargis, which has devastated the Irrawaddy delta and badly affected the main city Yangon.

It has been postponed in 47 towns and cities until 24th May.

Myanmar's generals say approval of the constitution will pave the way for elections in 2010 under their own "roadmap" to democracy, but critics say it will only solidify their iron grip on power.

Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate who has been held in house arrest for most of the past 20 years, and her NLD have called on voters to reject the document, which they say will not bring democratic change after decades of military rule.

"We did not change, we are still asking the people to vote No at tomorrow's referendum," Nyan Win said.

They and other pro-democracy groups have had little ability to campaign for a "No" vote as the generals have outlawed speeches and leaflets about the referendum.

It will be the first ballot since the 27th May 1990 election which the NLD won by a landslide, but the military never recognised the results.


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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Myanmar Nargis Cyclone death toll reach 1,00,000

Nargis Cyclone death toll reach 1,00,000;
2008-05-08 08:04:07 - US first lady Laura Bush"s recent remarks in which she suggested that India could help Yangon in a much better way than the United States, and that Myanmar"s military junta might accept help from New Delhi 'more readily".


India,China,Thailand and Malaysia are sending their aid to the Cyclone torn state of Burma by planes and ships.Myanmar which was called Burma is the most poorest nation and lives in recluse since the military Junta took over the reign in 1962.

The Irrawaddy delta 22 villages were completely destroyed the death toll could be crossing in the range of more than
one Lakh is located in southwestern.

Laputta Township was one of the first coastal areas to have been hit by the cyclone an estimate of 200,000 people live within Laputta Township.

Unofficial death is estimated more than 1,00,000 and Corpses can be seen everywhere in rice field as the Nargis waves more than 3.5 Meter heigh with speed of 190kmph has swept more fifty thousand people go missiing.Those who Survived cannot find food or water after week,local sources said that diarrhea has now affected a great number of people in the Irrawaddy Delta due to infection from corpses and dead fish hence death will bring the worst ever tragedy in Asia.

Myanamar government has not eased visa restriction and the aid workers with their logistic support are unable to move fast to give timely relief to the state with such devastating mayhem and suffering.

US and UN are making diligent effort to send aid." We have the US ambassador for ASEAN Scot Marciel in the region. And he is working the issue. We have also been in contact with China, Japan and India about their using whatever leverage and influence they might have with the Burmese regime," State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said.His remarks came in the backdrop of Speaking at a news conference two days ago, Laura Bush had said 'I think India can help. India is close on the border there. I think there are a lot of ways they could help and get help there quickly, and maybe the Burmese government would accept it more readily from the Indian government than they do from the US government".

Meanwhile, McCormack stated that the US government was in touch with the Burmese embassy to encourage access for US assistance and experts.

'We have also been in contact with neighbouring countries to Burma, including Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, to encourage them to use whatever leverage they may have with the Burmese government to allow assistance teams," he said.
As many as 80,000 people had died in the deadly cyclone Nargis which had hit Myanmar last week, according to Myanmar officials. PTI

US with initial aid of 2,50,000 dollar and EU sending 3 million dollars through its embassy in Rangoon. Humanitarian aids pouring in Burma from neighbouring countries,South Korea foreign ministry has said material worth 1,00,000 $ aid and Singapore assures for aid material worth 2,00,000$,UN is prepared to give aid from Central Emergency Response fund to redress peoples affected by Nargis cyclone in Burma.

Czech government will provide 2.5million crowns (155,000 U.S. dollars) of financial aid to the people of Myanmar hit by the recent cyclone, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zuzana Opletalova said Monday. The Czech aid will be provided through the International Committee of the Red Cross," the Czech news agency CTK quoted Opletalova as saying.

The German government is to provide 500,000 euros (around 775,000 U.S. dollars) to the people of Myanmar hit by the recent cyclone, German Foreign Ministry announced in Berlin Monday.Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier appealed to the Myanmar authorities to facilitate an effective assistance operation and to cooperate with international aid organizations. Cyclone Nargis had struck a further blow to the long-suffering people of the country, Steinmeier said, expressing his condolences to the families of those killed.

The Norwegian government has allocated 10 million krone (1.95 million U.S. dollars) to be used in emergency aid for cyclone-hit Myanmar, according to reports reaching here from Oslo Tuesday. The situation is extremely difficult for the Myanmar people hit by the recent cyclone, so the Norwegian government decided to provide emergency aid to Myanmar, Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister of International Development said in a statement.

New Zealand will make a donation to help the relief effort in Myanmar, Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today as the death toll from the cyclone hit 15,000.Miss Clark said the size of the donation, which would be made through NZAID to a United Nations agency, would be announced shortly.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has also assured of medical aid and other supports to the Myanmar cyclone victims.


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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

NargisCyclone kills 22500 in Burma

NargisCyclone kills 22500 in Burma
Irrawaddy leaves 92706 people homeless:
2008-05-06 15:51:14 - Unofficial death is estimated more than 50000n and Corpses can be seen everywhere. Survivors cannot find food or water, local sources said that diarrhea has now affected a great number of people in the Irrawaddy Delta due to infection from corpses and dead fish.source said that no aid from either the Burmese government or non-governmental organizations has been received in Laputta Township to date. The cyclone Nargis hit Laputta Township on May 2 at about 2 a.m. when most people were sleeping,high wind storm continued throughout the night.


Leaders of Burma has asked for International aid as more than 22500 peoples have died and 30000 missing with more than ninty two thousands people are in state of homeles as wind of 190KM/H has brought devastation to their living condiitions.

Relief Minister Maj. Gen. Maung Maung Swe said in meeting with diplomats,the referendum scheduled for Saturday could be postponed by
''a few days'' in the worst-affected areas, but state media indicated Monday that the May 10 date was still set.

The Irrawaddy casualty count has been rising quickly as authorities reach hard-hit islands and villages in the Irrawaddy delta, formerly famous as 'rice bowl of Asia" which bore the brunt of Cyclone Nargis 190 kmph wind which made tens of thousand inhabitants homeless and deprieved of all amenities.

With news creeping the death toll from Cyclone Nargis currently stands at 22,500, witnesses who have managed to get out of Laputta Township in the Irrawaddy Delta have told The Irrawaddy news that 22 villages were completely destroyed and that the death toll could be much higher.Township located in southwestern of the delta, Laputta Township was one of the first coastal areas to have been hit by the cyclone. About 200,000 people live within Laputta Township. The cyclone Nargis hit Laputta Township on May 2 at about 2 a.m. when most people were sleeping,high wind storm continued throughout the night.

On Monday night Myanmar state electronic media reported that Myanmar welcomes foreign aid for relief and resettlement for the regions hit by deadly cyclone Nargis.The Myanmar government will also allocate 5 billion Kyats 4.5 million U.S. dollars for the relief and resettlement programme.Further adds a Thai aircraft with relief supplies will arrive in Yangon Tuesday.The state TV Media report said 67 powered vessels were sunk by Nargis and at least 15,000 people have been killed in two divisions of Yangon and Ayeyawaddy in the violent cyclone storm that swept Myanmar"s five divisions and states on last Friday and Saturday.

The casualties in Ayeyawaddy division"s Bogalay alone will exceed 10,000 and at least 1,000 in Laputta in the same division,more than 2,375 people in Ayeyawaddy division and 504 in Yangon division totaling 2,879 are missing, said official.Death toll in Bogalay Township alone is 10,000 with 30,000 people still missing and 20,000 houses destroyed. Bogalay lies some 80 kilometers from Laputta. Official Burmese media has said that 92,706 people have been left homeless on Haing Kyi Island off the Irrawaddy delta coast.Regarding Haing Kyi island in the Ayeyawaddy division more than 20,000 houses were destroyed.

Devastating cyclone, which occurred over the Bay of Bengal, hit five divisions and states Yangon, Bago, Ayeyawaddy, Kayin and Mon for first time with such casualities in Myanmar and has declared the five divisions and Irrawady and Rangoon as natural-disaster-hit regions.


Rangoon in Mess:
Rangoon media reports, people say that the 400,000-strong military was doing little to help victims after Saturday's storm, they were found clearing streets where the ruling elite resided,leaving residents to help themselves on their own in most other areas. Residents, as well as Buddhist monks from the city's many monasteries, banded together on Monday, wielding axes and knives took to clear roads of tree trunks and branches strew,scattered by the cyclone's 190 kph (120 mph) winds.With the city's in state of shock, electricity supply virtually unavailable, citizens lined up to buy double price candles, and water.Lack of electricity-driven pumps left most households dry thus few walked to the city's lakes to wash.


Czech government will provide 2.5million crowns (155,000 U.S. dollars) of financial aid to the people of Myanmar hit by the recent cyclone, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zuzana Opletalova said Monday. The Czech aid will be provided through the International Committee of the Red Cross," the Czech news agency CTK quoted Opletalova as saying.

The German government is to provide 500,000 euros (around 775,000 U.S. dollars) to the people of Myanmar hit by the recent cyclone, German Foreign Ministry announced in Berlin Monday.Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier appealed to the Myanmar authorities to facilitate an effective assistance operation and to cooperate with international aid organizations. Cyclone Nargis had struck a further blow to the long-suffering people of the country, Steinmeier said, expressing his condolences to the families of those killed.

The Norwegian government has allocated 10 million krone (1.95 million U.S. dollars) to be used in emergency aid for cyclone-hit Myanmar, according to reports reaching here from Oslo Tuesday. The situation is extremely difficult for the Myanmar people hit by the recent cyclone, so the Norwegian government decided to provide emergency aid to Myanmar, Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister of International Development said in a statement.

New Zealand will make a donation to help the relief effort in Myanmar, Prime Minister Helen Clark announced today as the death toll from the cyclone hit 15,000.Miss Clark said the size of the donation, which would be made through NZAID to a United Nations agency, would be announced shortly.


US with initial aid of 2.50,000 dollar and EU sending 3 million dollars through its embassy in Rangoon. Humanitarian aids pouring in Burma from neighbouring countries,South Korea foreign ministry has said material worth 1,00,000 $ aid and Singapore assures for aid material worth 2,00,000$,UN is prepared to give aid from Central Emergency Response fund to redress peoples affected by Nargis

Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar welcomes foreign aid

2008-05-06 05:36:06 - Myanmar junta government is still to work out the distribution network of food to the survivors.India has sent two naval ships laden with food and medical aids material to Myanmar.China and US have shown keen interest to sent the aid.

Thai has sent a plane laden with food aid and essential items to Rangoon.Thailand official are keen to give instant help as their 800 tinnes of rice lay in the Rangoon warehouse.'We have 800 tons of rice stock available in Rangoon in our warehouse now, so that will be available for immediate distribution,' Paul Risley, spokesperson for the World Food Programme's (WFP) Thailand office said.

The Irrawaddy casualty count has been rising quickly as authorities reach hard-hit islands and villages in the Irrawaddy delta, formerly famous as "rice bowl of Asia" which bore the brunt of Cyclone Nargis 190 kmph wind which made tens of thousand inhabitents homeless and deprieved of all amentiies.

On Monmday night Myanmar state electronic media reported that Myanmar said on Monday Myanmar welcomes foreign aid for relief and resettlement for the regions hit by deadly cyclone Nargis.

The Myanmar government will also allocate 5 billion Kyats 4.5 million U.S. dollars for the relief and resettlement programme.Further adds a Thai aircraft with relief supplies will arrive in Yangon Tuesday.


The state TV Media report said 67 powered vessels were sunk by Nargis and at least 15,000 people have been killed in two divisions of Yangon and Ayeyawaddy in the violent cyclone storm that swept Myanmar's five divisions and states on last Friday and Saturday.

The casualties in Ayeyawaddy division's Bogalay alone will exceed 10,000 and at least 1,000 in Laputta in the same division,more than 2,375 people in Ayeyawaddy division and 504 in Yangon division totaling 2,879 are missing, it said.

Regarding Haing Kyi island in the Ayeyawaddy division more than 20,000 houses were destroyed, leaving ninty three thousand people homeless.

Devastating cyclone, which occurred over the Bay of Bengal, hit five divisions and states Yangon, Bago, Ayeyawaddy, Kayin and Mon for first time with such casualities in Myanmar and has declared the five divisions and Irrawady and Rangoon as natural-disaster-hit regions.

The Myanmar government has formed a national central committee for prevention of natural disaster to promptly and effectively carry out relief and resettlement tasks as reported in the media.

International aid agencies need free access to the states worst affected areas.On this issue the Burmese government and the Burma-based WFP country director were still undergoing dialogoue and WFP awaits for results from observers on the extent of the cyclone's damage and an assessment on how much aid will be needed.

'The meeting is to discuss whether international humanitarian assistance of the World Food Programme from the United Nations would be accepted by the government for the country,' Risley added.

Nearly 4,000 people are believed dead and thousands more still missing, according to state media reports late Monday. The cyclone swept through the Irrawaddy Delta and the nation's commercial capital with winds blowing more than 120 mph.

The storm made tree fall on roads,cut phone connections, blocked roads and ripped roofs off houses with a result more than tens of thousands of people are believed lay homeless without any help.

UN and the Red Cross of Burma today started surveying six hard-hit areas.

Cyclone Nargis was 'very strong cyclone, according to the satellite news, and exact extent of the damage to people's houses, shelter, in the Irrawaddy division and Rangoon division is awaited.Leaders of Junta have made Helicopter visit.

Flood water is damaging families' food stock, so there may potentially be very critical food assistance needs from the next few days.'

The Irrawaddy Delta is main rice-producing region of Burma.

Another aid group, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is ready to move in. 'We have people in Burma already working on medical project, and if the Burmese government asks for help, then we will suddenly help,' said Chris Lom, the IOM's regional information officer.

The main needs are shelter and clean water, Lom said. At a meeting with the UN, the agencies discussed providing plastic sheets and a water purification system to prevent water-borne diseases.

'It's difficult to say how much will be needed,' Lom said. 'We just don't know because all telephone lines are down.'

International humanitarian groups are finding difficult to work in Burma,due to lack of coordination between various nodal agencies as the state has been ruled by military dictators since 1962.

The Global Fund to fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria withdrew its presence from Burma in 2005, citing restrictions by the Burmese junta on movements of its volunteers.

Similarly, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), citing government restrictions, closed down two of its field offices in Mawlamyine of Mon State and Kyaing Tong of Eastern Shan State.

A nation which lives in veil and does not permit aid submitting countries volunteers to work is making difficult aid reach the survivors.

US and other EU countries wish to send aid but they await free access to the areas worst affceted


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US $ 2.5 million EU $3 Million aid to Myanmar

2008-05-06 06:37:36 - European Union released three million dollars in initial emergency aid. The United States offered an initial 250,000 dollars through its embassy in Yangon.


Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations would "do whatever necessary to provide urgent humanitarian assistance" to the country, which is one of the poorest on the planet.

Myanmar looks in precarious food position as its food crop is worst affected as Irrawady is rich rice producing zone which is completely devasted with cyclone Nargis.Myanmar is chief rice producing country
and exports its surplus to its neighbouring countries.

The Myanmar lives under secretive veil and does not allow free foreign media access and foreign volunteers find diffcult to move freely in the country the aid may therefore could reach by the armymen,however monks are coming to help the survivors in their way.The communication phones line is completly disrupted and roads blocked with tree fallen.Essential food items like rice,wheat,water and home shelters is the need of the hour as more than 93,000 peoples are homeless waiting for the aid to reach them.Helicopter survey has been made by Myanmar Junta leaders.Negotiation on the modalities to reach the aid distribution is worked out.

The Irrawaddy casualty count has been rising quickly as authorities reach hard-hit islands and villages in the Irrawaddy delta, Once famous as "rice bowl of Asia" which has bore the severe brunt of Cyclone Nargis 190 kmph wind made the tens of thousand inhabitants homeless,deserted and stupified on Friday and Saturday.

UN agency in charge of fighting hunger has issued an earlier plea for the world to provide more food aid to the people of Burma, which states 5 million people are chronically short of food, according to the World Food Program, which tries to provide aid to 500,000 people each month. However, because of constraints, only 200,000 people now receive aid each month.

India sends two naval ships loaded with food and medicine and other aid material as preliminary help to Myanmar.Thailand has also sent food loaded cargo plane with essential aid to the cyclone torn state.

UN estimates that more than one-third of Burmese children suffer from malnutrition and estimates about 100,000 die each year


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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Thailand,Vietnam,Malaysia;Emerge Robust economy

2008-05-04 05:24:16 - Rice exports are being handled cautiously by Vietnam,India and Bangladesh. Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar willing to form OPEC like organisation to check rise in rice prices.


Rice,Wheat and Maize staple foods producing countries to have strong economy base.Countries with best attention to agrarian policy is to outshine its counterparts.

Rice producing countries, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam,India,China are chief countries on way to get a big boost in their economy with best managment.

South asian countries are planning to make a pool of conglomerate of rice producing countries of
their zone however their efforts has not taken any concrete idea,the lurking thought prevail still to be unveiled due to political differences.

Economy of Thailand, Malaysia, Vietanam is growing at ease pace with strong base of agriculture outputs.The technology upgrading in these countries are being easily adopted and people enjoying the boom of economy growth with foods and machines, a dire need for developing nations. A strong agrarian policy with technology skill make the nation build-up to its developing state with strong cohesive political strength.

The rice producing countries are on way to open high tech colleges and institutes to maintain their tecnology upgradation as per their needs to create infrastructures on way to overall development.

Countries having cheap labour and tropical climate especially in African continents and Latin America may agglomerate in producing the staple foods with the available technology along with the help of developing countries of the world for an overal growth.

India official agencies has achieved its target of buying wheats from the open market which exhibits is strong base in producing wheat and rice in this years.The official agencies have purchased 154 lakhs tonnes of wheats compare to last year collection of 111 lakh tonnes.

Asean conglomerate concert of south asian outward looking countries are soon likely to form a rice producing syndicate to control the flow of their staple food of their region.

In India the government of India agencies in on Rice purchase spree and has procure 230 lakh tonnes have been procures so far and government making efforts to garner more staple food stocks in its kitty.


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