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12 May 2008 :: 15:05:29 pm 29709

A Woman Drowned While Giving Birth, Her Dead Child Half-Born

A woman drowned while giving birth, her dead child half-born Burma?s great Irrawaddy river runs flat and muddy. It twines and forks through miles of rich delta and has always given nurture and good fortune to the people of southern Burma.?
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But in the wake of last weekend cyclone, death and sickness have replaced the captivating beauty of this triangle of fertile land. A terrible sadness has settled in. In many places nothing moves, not a living thing ? not even a thread of smoke from a village fire. It is deathly still.

The pinnacles of the pagodas that dot the landscape have toppled in the wind. Bodies float in the water like chunks of wood. Trees are down, houses are flattened and everywhere in the inundated rice fields of this devoutly Buddhist land there is an unbearable sense of loss.

With every hour that passes without the secretive Burmese military junta opening its doors to western aid workers, more people are dying. The junta has long been suspicious of the West, which enforces sanctions against it, and has snubbed American and other offers of help to avert further deaths.

The most poignant sight was that of a young woman who had drowned during labour. Her dead child was with her, half-born. Beside her lay the corpse of a man, left arm outstretched, pointing to the heavens ? her husband, perhaps. Nobody had come to claim her.
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Burma cyclone: now aid workers warn of refugee crisis
The frustrated aid workers are not the only ones waiting in Thailand with rising dread for the situation there and growing rage with the behaviour of the Burmese authorities.

Khin, who works as a gardener in Bangkok, is one of the hundreds of thousands of Burmese living in Thailand with family back home ? family that he has not heard from and now believes have been claimed by the cyclone. Over the weekend, large numbers of Burmese migrants protested outside their own embassy in Bangkok, demanding that the regime abandon its objection to foreign aid.

Holding a page of newspaper bearing aerial photographs of the devastation, Khin weeps as he thinks of his sister and her family: ?it is terrible not to know, but it is worst to think that they might have been saved if the foreign aid had been allowed in.?
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More international relief supplies flow in Myanmar

YANGON, May 11 (Xinhua) — More aircrafts laden with relief materials from the international community touched down at the Yangon International Airport Sunday for the delivery to the cyclone-devastated regions of Myanmar, state radio and television reported Sunday evening.

These aid supplies included that from the King of Thailand, International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), Greek, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Petronas of Malaysia and Pakistan.
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YANGON, May 11 (Xinhua) — The death toll of Myanmar’s cyclone disaster rose to 28,458 from 23,335, according to a brief news report of the state TV Sunday evening.

Altogether 33,416 people remained missing, down from 37,019, the report said.

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More China’s relief supplies arrive Myanmar biggest city
YANGON, May 10 (Xinhua) — A special aircraft, laden with more relief supplies mainly medicines, arrived at the Yangon International Airport Saturday afternoon from China as the country’s third batch of aid materials airlifted to Myanmar for cyclone-hit homeless survivors.
The Boeing 747-400 aircraft, Jade Cargo, brought along 58 tons more of relief materials which also include tents and water purifiers.
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UN launches $187 mln appeal for cyclone-hit Myanmar

UNITED NATIONS, May 9 (Xinhua) — The United Nations launched a flash appeal for 187 million U.S. dollars on Friday to aid more than 1.5 million victims of Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar last week. The flash appeal would enable 10 UN organizations and nine nongovernmental organizations to “support the government of Myanmar in addressing the needs of more than 1,500,000 people affected by the cyclone,” said a UN statement.

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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