Earth Science News  





. UN to Myanmar: 'Act now or more lives will be lost'

by Staff Writers
Bangkok (AFP) May 12, 2008
The United Nations said Monday it was still awaiting two-dozen visas for its foreign staff to enter Myanmar, and that the regime had to act fast to prevent more deaths in the aftermath of a cyclone.

The UN said 24 of its staff were awaiting permission to enter the secretive nation, which says it will not let foreigners direct the relief effort despite massive devastation from the storm that has left 62,000 dead or missing.

The world body has repeatedly stressed that its disaster experts are essential to assist in the slow-moving international relief effort.

"Very few visas have in fact been granted," Catherine Bragg, deputy head of the UN's emergency relief arm, said in a statement, announcing an appeal for 187 million dollars to fund its cyclone aid operations.

"Faster progress on this issue is crucial to the effectiveness of the response," she said. "If we do not act now, and we do not act fast, more lives will be lost."

Despite days of pleas from the international community, the ruling generals -- deeply suspicious of the outside world -- have insisted that the relief effort must be run by its own people.

The United Nations said in an internal report that the true death toll could be 100,000 or more.

Community
Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes




Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
Myanmar's generals amass fortunes while country flounders
Bangkok (AFP) May 11, 2008
A sprawling new capital dubbed the "Abode of Kings", lavish weddings for family members, palatial villas -- Myanmar's ruling generals appear to have few qualms about spending money.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • Myanmar cyclone's youngest survivors face trauma: UN
  • Transport, communications in chaos after China quake
  • UN to Myanmar: 'Act now or more lives will be lost'
  • No news from county at epicentre of China quake: Xinhua

  • McCain splits with Bush on climate change
  • Key Climate Sensor Restored To NPOESS
  • Cleaner air to worsen droughts in Amazon: study
  • Australia needs years of heavy rainfall to crack drought: experts

  • USGS Awards Satellite Imagery Contracts: Enhancing Access To Users
  • Bluesky Launches 3D Computer Models Of Britain's Cities
  • Cartosat 2a Puts The World In High Resolution For Indian Government
  • NASA Nasa Satellite Captures Image Of Cyclone Nargis Flooding In Myanmar

  • China faces 7.3 million tonne LPG shortfall in 2010: report
  • Analysis: Turks eye carrying Kazakh oil
  • Higher fuel prices may mean less pollution
  • E-Fuel Unveils World's First Home Ethanol System

  • Bacteria epidemic at Madrid hospital claimed 18 lives: report
  • China virus death toll hits 30 as number of infections soars
  • China urges authorities to step up education of deadly disease
  • Doctors punished in China for mishandling deadly virus outbreak: Xinhua

  • Rainfall, rivers predict fish biodiversity
  • Platypus Genome Sequenced, Unlocking Secrets Of Evolution
  • What's Bugging Locusts. It Could Be They're Hungry - For Each Other
  • UNEP sounds alarm over decline in migratory birds

  • Chinese leader seeks Japanese help on environment
  • Toxic ponds kill ducks in Canada
  • Researchers Look To Make Environmentally Friendly Plastics
  • Europe Spends Nearly Twice As Much As US On Nanotech Risk Research

  • Nearly One-Third Of US Parents Don't Know What To Expect Of Infants
  • Walker's World: Bye-bye boomers
  • United We Stand: When Cooperation Butts Heads With Competition
  • Stonehenge excavation may alter history

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement