Monday, May 12, 2008

[BurmaSolidarity] Re: Request:Relief Fund for Nargis Survivors in Burma

from: Laxmi Murthy
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date: Mon, May 12, 2008 at 10:11 AM
subject: [BurmaSolidarity] Re: Request:Relief Fund for Nargis Survivors in Burma
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Hi,
Not to invalidate the desperate need for relief, but might be a good idea for Delhi groups to put more effort into lobbying/pressurizing the junta to allow aid workers in. From all accounts, huge quantities of aid are pouring in, and massive stocks are stuck in Bangkok and even in Yangon airport, since it's not actually being allowed in, and the military is simply sitting on it. "Friendly" neighbours like India could possibly play a role in pushing that process, so that the actual distribution of aid can begin.
Laxmi


On Sun, May 11, 2008 at 4:57 AM, M Kim <kimbo119@gmail.com> wrote:

Relief Fund for Cyclone (Nargis) Survivors in Burma
Appeal for Donations
Burma's "rice basket"--the Irrawaddy delta rice-growing region--was hit by cyclone Nargis on 2 May 2008 leaving more than 1 million people homeless and destruction of 95% of the buildings.
The estimated death toll may be over 100,000 and an estimated 1.9 million people may be vulnerable to water-borne diseases, hunger and lack of clean drinking water. This is considered to be the worst natural disaster to strike Burma since the tsunami hit the region in 2004.
The primary risk following the flooding of the delta region is the outbreak of diseases spread by contaminated water, such as diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid. Stagnant water is providing a breeding ground for bacteria and mosquitoes. Initially, the most likely killer is acute watery diarrhoea, which causes dehydration. Those most at risk are under-fives, the sick, the old and the pregnant. There are already reports of an outbreak of Cholera in the Irrawaddy delta. Other threats include typhoid and hepatitis A, both passed on by contaminated food and water.
Compounding the problem are the efforts of the Burmese military government to frustrate aid actually reaching the vast majority of people affected by the disaster. Though the Burmese government has officially asked for assistance, aid agencies have been reporting that the supplies are being prevented from getting through. Many aid organizations and workers including the UN are being denied visas to enter the country.
At the moment, aid is being allowed from India, China and Thailand apart from the UN Agencies. Other countries are unable to reach essential necessities inside Burma.
Donations in the forms of cash, medicines, water purification tablets and clothes are appreciated. Your donations in cash will be acknowledged with a receipt and collected at the International Burmese Monks Association. The first dispatch of all donations is on 17 May 2008.
Your support is urgently needed. Please join to help the cyclone survivors by your kind contribution through "Relief Fund for Cyclone Survivors in Burma (India)."
Please contact for further information to:
  • The Other Media, B5/136, Safdarjung Enclave, ND, Contact: Sahana Basavapatna at +91 11 2610 5472, +91 11 2853 5860 and +91 99682 96202, Email: Sahana.basavapatna@gmail.com
Sincerely,
Kim
Coordinator
Relief Fund for Cyclone (Nargis) Survivors in Burma (India)



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