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Burma Death Toll Now at 78,000

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Posted on May 16, 2008
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The official death toll from Cyclone Nargis has almost doubled since Thursday, with 56,000 Burmese still reported as missing.

As the official death toll climbs in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, the Burmese government remains recalcitrant while survivors and aid workers continue to be frustrated by the slow movement of supplies to the country’s worst-hit areas.

The BBC:

The official death toll for Burma’s cyclone disaster has jumped to almost 78,000 people, with nearly 56,000 missing, according to state TV.

The numbers are nearly double those released on Thursday, raising fears the final human toll may be enormous.

The Red Cross is seeking more than $50m (£26m) in aid to help survivors of the storm which struck on 2-3 May.

Foreign aid agencies are frustrated at the slow progress of aid to areas worst hit, especially in the Irrawaddy Delta.

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By conservative Yankee, May 17, 2008 at 6:35 am Link to this comment
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The country’s name is Myanmar.

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By Margaret Currey, May 16, 2008 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment
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This kind of government does not care about the people, only about their immage and also do not want the outside world to see any thing of their country, they are probably afraid that someone might talk.

And the government says that anyone dealing with the supplies on the black market will be prociscated, sounds as if they will steal the goods and blame the people like the soldiers, kind of like the Bush Administration pushing for election fraud when it does not exist, anything to keep the eye off of the ball.

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By kath cantarella, May 16, 2008 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment
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to win back the hearts of its people by going all out to help as many as possible. It’s a pity that they seem too stupid to realize that Burma is it’s people, not its military powers.

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By Aegrus, May 16, 2008 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment

I swear! This whole situation reeks of silent genocide via negligence.

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