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