As if the devastation from Cyclone Nargis on May 3 was not enough. As if the inability of the government to help the victims or allow international aid organizations to feed and shelter the millions in need was not enough. As if the people of Myanmar had not suffered enough death, disease, hunger, thirst, cold, and fear. An estimated 2 million survivors of the storm are still in need of emergency aid. To date, U.N. agencies and other groups have been able to reach only 270,000 people.
Bottlenecks, poor logistics, limited infrastructure and the military government’s refusal to allow foreign aid workers have left most of the delta’s survivors living in miserable conditions without food or clean water. The government’s efforts have been criticized as woefully slow.
The situation is about to get much, much worse. Forecasters are now tracking another tropical low that is expected to become another cyclone and track into the already devastated Irriwaddy delta.