Burma Death Toll Now at 78,000
Posted on May 16, 2008
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 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.
The official death toll from Cyclone Nargis has almost doubled since Thursday, with 56,000 Burmese still reported as missing.