Monday, June 9, 2008

Myanmar group denies rumours of fish eating corpses in quake-devastated delta

Since Cyclone Nargis slammed into Myanmar's Irrawaddy delta last month, some people in Yangon - the country's biggest city - have been reluctant to eat fish because of rumours they were feeding on the bodies of storm victims.

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Myanmar Cyclone Survivors Need Food for a Year, UN Agency Says

``Households and farmers will likely require some form of food assistance through their next harvest, which could be up to a year away,'' Paul Risley, a spokesman for the World Food Programme, said in Bangkok yesterday, according to the UN's IRIN news agency.

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Medics wrap up Myanmar mission

Japan's medical team has completed its emergency humanitarian mission in Labutta, southwestern Myanmar, one of the areas hardest hit by the violent cyclone in early May, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The team will hand over its makeshift facilities and medical equipment to local authorities and experts, including two doctors, the agency said.

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UN had to work with Myanmar junta, aid chief says

The U.N. humanitarian chief defended on Monday the policy of working with Myanmar's military government after last month's cyclone, saying trying to deliver aid by force would not have helped the victims.

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Junta blacks out media

The Burmese military junta on Monday warned cyclone victims to remain vigilant against donors, who it said were seeking personal benefits. The donors were taking the credit for being generous and feeding false stories to foreign news agencies, the regime said.

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Relief materials found in Township PDC watchman's home

Relief materials meant for cyclone victims were discovered at the Township Peace and Development Council (PDC) office watchman's residence even as the loss of PDC's office fund is being investigated in Khayan Township, Rangoon Division, local residents said.

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