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Over 320 tons of aid supplies transported to Myanmar cyclone-hit areas
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14:31, May 15, 2008

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A total of 327.18 tons of aid supplies have so far been transported by the Myanmar authorities to storm-hit areas, especially the Ayeyawaddy delta region, the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday.

The areas include Bogale, Kamatalu, Kyeinchaung, Setsan, Kyonda,Amar, Pathein, Laputta and Myaungmya.

The report said the Committee for Reconstruction of Towns and Villages of Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development has laid down specific plan for immediate reconstruction of necessary buildings in storm-hit towns and villages in southwestern Ayeyawaddy and Yangon division under an emergency phase-by-phase project which covers supply of safe water and electricity supply, reconstruction of roads and bridges, operation of postal service, telephone and telegraph, restoration of agricultural and livestock breeding tasks and re-establishment of factories and workshops.

According to some local private media, there are still urgent needs for medicine and daily necessities for disaster-hit areas and relief camps.

Meanwhile, international humanitarian aid continued to pour in Myanmar since last week with aircrafts carrying various relief materials from different countries, United Nations and non-governmental organizations landing daily at the Yangon International Airport one after another for Myanmar's homeless cyclone survivors.

The countries, which have brought in the aid supplies, include Thailand, China, the U.S., Singapore, India, Russia, Italy, Bangladesh, Japan, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Ukraine, Greece, Pakistan, South Korea and Australia.

In a meeting with his Thai counterpart Samak Sundaravej during a brief visit Wednesday in Yangon, Myanmar Prime Minister GeneralThein Sein said "Now all the relief work has been completed. As a second step, relief works are being carried out."

There are relief camps opened in almost every disaster-hit areas but the total official figure is not yet available. According to earlier local report, there are 32 relief camps opened in three areas of Maubin, Wakema and Myaungmya alone.

Meanwhile, according to Thai News Agency's quoting of the country's heath minister, a team of 30 Thai doctors will head for Yangon on Friday as the first bunch of foreign medics to be accepted by the Myanmar government to extend direct aid to the country's cyclone victims.

A severe tropical cyclone Nargis, which occurred over the Bay of Bengal, hit five divisions and states -- Ayeyawaddy, Yangon, Bago, Mon and Kayin on May 2 and 3, of which Ayeyawaddy and Yangon inflicted the heaviest casualties and infrastructure damage.

Hard-hit coastal towns in the southwestern Ayeyawaddy division include Haing Gyi Island, Laputta, Mawlamyinegyun, Bogalay, Phyarpon, Kyaiklat, Ngaputaw, and Dedaye, while worst-hit areas inYangon division comprised Kungyangon, Thanlyin, Kyauktan, Twantay,Kawmu as well as the Yangon city.

According to updated official death toll as of Wednesday evening, a total of 38,491 have been killed in the storm with altogether 27,838 people still remained missing and 1,403 injured.

Source:Xinhua



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