Monday, May 5, 2008

Cyclone in Myanmar kills at least 10,000

UPI: The death toll from the cyclone that slashed through Myanmar has soared to more than 10,000 people, the Southeast Asian nation's government said Monday. The government also said thousands more were injured and missing in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, which slogged through Yangon and the Irrawaddy delta packing dangerous rains and winds of more than 130 miles per hour, Radio New Zealand reported Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Nyan Win said the government would accept international assistance, and aid shipments were being prepared. The United Nations says Myanmar's military government agreed to allow U.N. aid agencies to operate in the country formerly known as Burma to help survivors. "The U.N. will begin preparing assistance now to be delivered and transported to Myanmar as quickly as possible," said Paul Risley of the World Food Program....

Map of Myanmar from the CIA World Factbook, Wikimedia Commons

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