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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Global Help, Overseas Burmese Aid Sought for Cyclone Victims in Burma

Saturday, May 03 2008, 11:13 AM EDT
So far, the effect of the cyclone on rice silos and storages in these regions are not yet known. Even though the extent of actual losses would be difficult to estimate at this stage given the fact that all flights have been canceled and most telecommunications and internet links are cut off, reports of damage to property and loss of lives indicate that the destruction caused by the cyclone is extensive and the impact on the people most severe.

Global Help, Overseas Burmese Aid Sought for Cyclone Victims in Burma

Cyclone "Nargis" has hit Burma, devastating the country's largest city, Rangoon, and causing widespread damage to many parts of the country.

According to news received by the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) a state of emergency has been declared in major rice producing regions like Irrawaddy, Pegu and Rangoon Divisions and Mon and Karen States.

So far, the effect of the cyclone on rice silos and storages in these regions are not yet known. Even though the extent of actual losses would be difficult to estimate at this stage given the fact that all flights have been canceled and most telecommunications and internet links are cut off, reports of damage to property and loss of lives indicate that the destruction caused by the cyclone is extensive and the impact on the people most severe.

The NCGUB is deeply concerned that the Burmese generals, who are not known for their consideration about the suffering of the people, will react lethargically to the tragic situation and only focus on the problems of their Defense Services in this hour of need.

The NCGUB, therefore, calls on governments and international humanitarian organizations and institutions to urgently prod the Burmese junta into action, assess the damage, urgently provide humanitarian assistance to the people, and continue to monitor the progress of the situation.

The NCGUB also urges all people of Burma overseas, who are known to have come to the aid of their brethren back home in times of need, to once again show their goodwill and benevolence and respond to the emergency situation in the homeland.

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