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Myanmar death toll could top 10,000, foreign minister says 23 minutes ago

Myanmar death toll could top 10,000, foreign minister says - Yahoo! News

YANGON, Myanmar - The death toll from a devastating cyclone in Myanmar could reach more than 10,000 in the low-lying area where the storm wreaked the most havoc, the country's foreign minister warned Monday.

Tropical Cyclone Nargis hit the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma, early Saturday with winds of up to 120 mph. It knocked out electricity to the country's largest city, Yangon, and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.

Some sought refuge at Buddhist monasteries while others lined up Monday to buy candles, which had doubled in price, and water since the lack of electricity-driven pumps had left most households dry.

Myanmar is not known to have an adequate disaster warning system and many rural buildings are constructed of thatch, bamboo and other materials easily destroyed by fierce storms.

I hear Mrs. Bush, press room statement and the fact this country might not accept US releief efforts.
It is a sad thing when nature which does so much to make a place like this so beautiful, tear it aprat. No fresh water, gas at $10.00 a gallon.
And even knowing this was headed towards them the state run media didn't warn the nation. Most forund out by radio reports from American and other locations. But even though it is sad this happened it is worst if they won't accept aid when offered.
CNN has a location on its site to give aid to these people if you like to. Impact Your World - Special Reports from CNN.com
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Myanmar is a "closed country" (Much like China was before Nixon)...

This could (and should) be used against them to open the country up...
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Yes I agree but it is up to the military control. But I have heard a lot more on this topic during the day. Th econtrol makes it just a worst situation.
Like th estate run media never reported it was coming so many who hadn't listened to radio broadcasts from America or other areas were not warned.

Now the world has a few inside again and we shall see if this military controlled government will help its people or not. They have asked for aid but will it get to the people or not?

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Yes I agree but it is up to the military control. But I have heard a lot more on this topic during the day. Th econtrol makes it just a worst situation.
Like th estate run media never reported it was coming so many who hadn't listened to radio broadcasts from America or other areas were not warned.

Now the world has a few inside again and we shall see if this military controlled government will help its people or not. They have asked for aid but will it get to the people or not?

Uesing the trackback to google, News Reports and Interantional News
Unfortunately, from the history of closed countries, the leaders will probably ACCUSE international help of being spies sent, not to help, but to gain some sort of intelligence...
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It's in the same region my daughter and her friends have visited several times with with organizations. They are returning in 2009. I'm sure there will be another bunch of orphans. I wouldn't be surprised if she and her new hubby brought home a baby. She got very attached very quickly to some kids last time.
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Update - You could've set your clock to this...

Al Gore Calls Myanmar Cyclone a 'Consequence' of Global Warming

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Using tragedy to advance an agenda has been a strategy for many global warming activists, and it was just a matter of time before someone found a way to tie the recent Myanmar cyclone to global warming.

Former Vice President Al Gore in an interview on NPR’s May 6 “Fresh Air” broadcast did just that. He was interviewed by “Fresh Air” host Terry Gross about the release of his book, “The Assault on Reason,” in paperback.

“And as we’re talking today, Terry, the death count in Myanmar from the cyclone that hit there yesterday has been rising from 15,000 to way on up there to much higher numbers now being speculated,” Gore said. “And last year a catastrophic storm from last fall hit Bangladesh. The year before, the strongest cyclone in more than 50 years hit China – and we’re seeing consequences that scientists have long predicted might be associated with continued global warming.”
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[QUOTE=Gore]"The year before, the strongest cyclone in more than 50 years hit China"[/QUORE]Of course, a reasonable reporter would've simply followed up with the legitimate question "If THIS cyclone was because of global warming, then what is your reason for the cyclone that hit China 50 years ago?"...
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[quote=cnredd;24751]Update - You could've set your clock to this...

Al Gore Calls Myanmar Cyclone a 'Consequence' of Global Warming

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"The year before, the strongest cyclone in more than 50 years hit China"[/QUORE]Of course, a reasonable reporter would've simply followed up with the legitimate question "If THIS cyclone was because of global warming, then what is your reason for the cyclone that hit China 50 years ago?"...
While I do not discount effects of global warming (as with the question of whether there is really an oil shortage-I don't have enough data), I wonder if we are just hearing about more disasters because we have better and faster communication than ever before?
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My last read yesterday was the death toll was over 40,000. And I agree
with cnredd, they are holding back our aid workers for that very reason. And

I am sure that the stae will controll all the aid.

Another thing I read was that even thought the state run media knew in advance it was going to hit they never told the citizens.

And Gore has to have his moment in the Climate lol

Now I hear it was 22,000 that died. From the Pentagon Channel. gee who has a real count?
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Aid arriving in cyclone-hit Burma
Foreign aid is beginning to arrive in Burma, devastated by a cyclone that has left more than 22,000 people dead.

The head of the US embassy in Burma has warned that without speedy action the death toll there could top 100,000.

Amid accusations of foot-dragging, the UN has urged Burma's junta to give fast access to aid staff and supplies.

Survivors of Saturday's cyclone are hungry, thirsty and vulnerable to disease - but given the huge area affected, and blocked roads, the challenge for aid workers is enormous, say reports.


BBC NEWS | World | Aid reaches cyclone victims
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Just in: US diplomat: 100,000 may have died in Myanmar cyclone 32 minutes ago

US diplomat: 100,000 may have died in Myanmar cyclone - Yahoo! News

YANGON, Myanmar - Bodies floated in flood waters and survivors tried to reach dry ground on boats using blankets as sails, while the top U.S. diplomat in Myanmar said Wednesday that up to 100,000 people may have died in the devastating cyclone.

Hungry crowds stormed the few shops that opened in the country's stricken Irrawaddy delta, sparking fist fights, according to Paul Risley, a spokesman for the U.N. World Food Program in neighboring Thailand.

Shari Villarosa, who heads the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar, said food and water are running short in the delta area and called the situation there "increasingly horrendous."

"There is a very real risk of disease outbreaks as long as this continues," Villarosa told reporters.

State media in Myanmar, also known as Burma, reported that nearly 23,000 people died when Cyclone Nargis blasted the country's western coast on Saturday and more than 42,000 others were missing.

U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes said Thursday that the cyclone's death toll may rise "very significantly."
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