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U.S. airlifts more aid supplies to Myanmar
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21:09, May 13, 2008

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Two United States military aircraft, laden with aid supplies, landed at the Yangon International Airport Tuesday for the second day for delivery to victims in cyclone-hit regions, according to Myanmar Television.

The U.S. Marine C-130 cargo planes brought in items of purified drinking water, blankets, mosquito nets among others.

The U.S. planeload of humanitarian aid supplies was allowed in for the first time on Monday for delivery to homeless cyclone survivors, nine days after Myanmar's southwestern part and Yangon were devastated by a deadly cyclone storm Nargis on May 2 and 3.

On Monday, U.S. airplane had brought in 28,000-pound (12,712 kilograms) of relief supplies covering mosquito net, purified drinking water and blanket, three days after the U.S. Embassy made an offer to Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister U Kyaw Htu last Friday for the move.

Myanmar outlined a cyclone-relief policy of welcoming aid supplies from any country but denying entry for foreign aid expert workers to help launch rescue and relief operations, saying that it preferred to use its own strength.

So far, Myanmar disallowed foreigners to have access to disaster-hit areas and relief activities including foreign, public and individual donations were uniformly handled by the government's central relief and resettlement headquarters.

According to an official updated death toll up till Monday, a total of 31,938 people have lost their lives in the cyclone storm with altogether 29,770 people remained missing and 1,403 injured.

Source: Xinhua

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