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Published:May 17th, 2008 14:57 EST
UN Food delivery in Burma isn't enough

UN Food delivery in Burma isn't enough

By Ana P.

The cyclone "Nargis" has killed more than 78,000 people in Burma. The state radio also reports that more than 50,000 people are missing. A speaker of the UN World Food Program reports that whole villages have been destroyed as a result of the cyclone.

The cyclone started last Saturday with wind speeds of 200 km per hour.

The communication pipelines broke down and many streets and bridges were destroyed.

Due to decades of military ruling, Burma, which is one of the poorest countries of the world, has few contacts with other countries. Therefore, conditions for supplying the victims aren`t very good.

It wasn`t until last Monday, that the military regime accepted the offer of the United Nations to receive help, mainly in form of food supplies.

However, the persons responsible within the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) say that the deliveries for the victims of the cyclone in Burma aren`t sufficient.

The UN WFP assumes that an approximate amount of 390 tons of food is needed per day. But, ever since the cyclone on May 2nd and 3rd, only 300 tons of food have been delivered to the victims.

As a reaction to this catastrophic situation, UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon decided to sent John Holmes, the UN co-ordinator for humanitarian actions, on an investigation mission to Burma. According to the latest official information nearly 78,000 people have died with the disaster.