Burma aid delays

Burma‘s dictators are facing growing international concern over their reluctance to accept foreign aid, days after the devastating cyclone.

The UN says its planes carrying vital food supplies cannot enter because they still do not have permission to land. The regional Asean group has urged the military regime to allow in aid flights “before it’s too late”.

A US diplomat said conditions were “horrendous” and warned the death toll could top 100,000 if they worsened. Teams reaching some of the worst-hit areas have described harrowing scenes. Some aid workers reported bodies rotting in the fields and desperate survivors fighting over food and water.

What the dictators’ fear? That with food the airplanes will bring democracy?


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