06
May
08

Praying for Burma

Rangoon Cyclone Aftermath

Any number value assigned to loss of life is one too many. It is difficult to grasp how in one town 10,000 souls can be lost. The number currently stands at 22,000 lives lost and another 41,000 missing.
Pray. Give. Be informed. Be involved.

Andrew Kirkwood, Save the Children’s country director for Burma, said that responding to the devastation would be a major logistical feat, requiring boats, helicopters and trucks.
“There are seven townships in the southwest of the delta region in which we think 90 to 95% of homes have been wiped out,” he said.

“The problem is that no-one can get there. There are no roads in the region that are functional so access is primarily by boat, but many boats have been destroyed.”
“The main needs that we can estimate right now are for shelter, food, essential drugs, mosquito nets and water purification tablets.”

Download PDF, UN map showing worst-hit areas, based on satellite imagery [1.13MB]

Here are some of the major aid agencies working inside Burma
Intl. Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Oxfam
World Food Programme
Unicef
Save the Children
World Vision
International Rescue Committee
International Medical Corps

More Links
NYTimes Slideshow
The Aid Challenge

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