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Myanmar cyclone toll over 10,000

Yangon, May 5
More than 10,000 persons have been killed in a tropical cyclone that struck Myanmar at the weekend, Foreign Minister Nyan Win told state television, adding that this nation would welcome international aid. “According to the latest information, more than 10,000 persons were killed,” Nyan Win said, after briefing foreign diplomats. “Information is still being collected, and there could be more casualties,” he added. Nyan Win also welcomed Thailand’s promise to send emergency food and medicine, saying Myanmar would welcome international aid from other countries.

“We will welcome help like this from other countries, because our people are in difficulty,” he said.

He said 57 ships had sunk in the Ayyawaddy (Irrawaddy) River, adding that smaller boats had also been destroyed.

State television showed images of entire communities that had flooded since Tropical Cyclone Nargis struck late Friday. Earlier, state media said tens of thousands of people may have been killed in the township of Bogalay alone.

The United Nations said hundreds of thousands of people had been left homeless when the storm, packing winds of 190 kilometres per hour, ripped through the countryside, destroying entire villages in its fury. Thousands of buildings were flattened as the furious cyclone also ripped power lines to shreds, uprooted trees that blocked keyroads and disrupted water supplies in the main city and former capital, Yangon. — AFP




Myanmar Cyclone
India to send relief

New Delhi, May 5
India is sending two naval ships with relief and medical supplies to Myanmar where a severe cyclone claimed over 10,000 lives and rendered many more homeless. The ships carrying food items, tents, blankets, clothing and medicines will sail to Yangon from Port Blair, the external affairs ministry announced here.

President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee have sent messages of condolence, expressing their deep distress at the devastation caused by the natural disaster.

The top leadership has also conveyed India’s readiness to provide immediate emergency relief assistance and to assist Myanmar in its rehabilitation efforts. — PTI



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