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Burma: It' s UN Security Council action day
The United Nations Security Council should press for unhindered delivery of relief and relief to Burma, Human Rights Watch said today. Burma's authorities have prevented relief efforts and relief personnel from entering the areas ravaged by Cyclone Nargis. Burma's government's officials estimate the number of deaths has increased to 77,738, about 55,917 of which are still unaccounted for.
But more than two week after Cyclone Nargis struck the Irrawaddy Delta, leaving an estimated 2.4 million vulnerable and dependent on nutrition and health services, the World Nutrition Programme said it could only support about 30 per cent of the population. Whilst the Myanmar authorities have been accepting more relief air travel and issuing more auxiliary visa in recent times, this is still only a small part of the population.
Occasional choleral eruptions have been announced by major healthcare organisations and fear that airway disease and the impact of inadequate sanitary facilities and accessibility to clean drinkable waters will exacerbate the outbreak. The Human Rights Watch welcomed the work of Burma's and internationally active humanitarian agencies in challenging conditions. Most of the assistance provided in the Danube River Basin is provided by Burma's World Food Programme employees, Saving the Children, World Vision and other inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as Red Cross people.
Burma's authorities have approved the establishment of an Emergency Rapid Assessment Team from all ASEAN states. MHRC has urged the Burma authorities to open the areas affected by the tsunami to a large-scale global response by immediately issuing emergency assistance visa, enabling the United Nations and multinational philanthropic organizations to allocate the assistance they are providing directly to those in need, and enabling neighbouring nations by force to respond to survivors who cannot be quickly contacted by other means by land and water.
As many affected municipalities can only be reached by land and water, it is vital for them to receive help from those nations that are prepared to cope with human catastrophes. MHRW said that China, India, Thailand and other ASEAN members with strong ties to Burma should urge the Burmese authorities to remove limitations on the provision of foreign relief to help Nargis cyclone outbreaks.