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anonymous WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MYANMAR? BURMA. May 11, 2008 6:22 AM

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MYANMAR?
THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN PLACE POST ABOUT THE FLOOD SITUATION AND GOVERNMENT RESTRICTONS ON AID TO FLOOD VICTIMS!
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anonymous  May 11, 2008 6:28 AM

Samaritan's Purse relief workers who arrived in Myanmar two days after the deadly cyclone report a desperate situation in the aftermath of what appears to be the world’s deadliest storm of the 21st century.

Three water specialists from our Canada office, who had already planned the trip to visit a water filter project being conducted by a ministry partner, flew into the capital of Yangon on Monday.

“The city and country are in shock,” said one of our staff members. “Yangon has been heavily hit. Trees and power lines are down, and water availability is severely limited.”

Yangon is located in the Irrawaddy delta, which took a direct hit from Cyclone Nargis. A 12-foot storm surge swept away entire towns and villages.

“Our partner is receiving reports that more than 60 villages were completely wiped out in the delta region,” the Samaritan's Purse worker said. “They have heard forecast deaths of over 100,000, with bodies currently lying in the coastal waters. Many people attempted to escape the rising tides and flooding by climbing on to their roofs, but the cyclone’s strong winds carried people away. Most were unable to swim, and others became exhausted attempting to stay afloat during the 12-hour storm period.”

That figure is almost five times more than the 22,000 the Myanmar government has estimated. According to news reports, as many as 70,000 people are missing in the delta, which has a population of nearly six million people. The official Myanmar government figure for the missing is 41,000. The United Nations estimates that up to a million people could be homeless.

Samaritan's Purse has sent staff members from six countries to a staging area in Bangkok, capital of neighboring Thailand. They are ready to begin extensive relief efforts as soon as the military junta that runs Myanmar grants a United Nations request to grant visas to international relief workers.

“The largest needs include drinking water, food, and shelter,” said our staff already in the country. “The need for water becomes increasingly important in the coming days as disease and dehydration spread.”

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

Pray:
Please pray for the survivors in Myanmar. Ask God to open the doors for Samaritan’s Purse and other Christians to work there. As we meet the emergency needs, we also have opportunities to demonstrate Christian compassion to people who may have never heard the Gospel.

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To support our ministry to victims of the deadly cyclone, please select " Myanmar Relief " on our Donation page.

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anonymous  May 11, 2008 6:37 AM

May 8, 2008

Dear Donna,

The situation in Burma continues to deteriorate as a result of last Saturday’s devastating cyclone and they need your prayers. The pictures we are seeing and the reports coming out of the country are heart-breaking. Many of them have not only lost their homes, but many have lost loved ones.

We need to blanket these hungry and homeless survivors in prayer. Many do not have access to food, clean water or medicine. Even though Burma’s borders may be closed, our prayers can pass through.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that American diplomat Shari Villarosa said the number of deaths could eventually exceed 100,000 because safe food and water were scarce and unsanitary conditions widespread. The United Nations reported there were 1 million homeless people.  Also, there were reports that the country’s military junta was making it difficult for some international aid to get into Burma, according to Associated Press.

According to the Open Doors’ World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the worst persecution. Burma is No. 25 on the list of 50 countries. Of the 55 million citizens, approximately 90% are Buddhist and 4% are Christian. As stated in the World Watch List: 

Burma is a police state. The army has ruled the country for many decades. There is limited freedom of religion. Most of the country’s Christians belong to ethnic minorities. Army campaigns against these minorities often have a side-effect of persecuting Christians. The situation for Christians in Rangoon seems to be okay, but it is difficult to assess the situation in the countryside. The regime restricts travel of foreigners. At the end of September 2007, the regime reacted with its usual iron-fist approach to squelch the pro-democracy demonstrations in Burma. Dozens were killed, and hundreds if not thousands were arrested. What was most remarkable in this event was the prominent role Buddhist clergy played in defying the regime and the incredible hardness of the regime against the monks. It seems that the “automatic” link between the regime and the state-controlled form of Buddhism has all but disappeared.

Prayer Points:

  • The leaders of Burma will honor the efforts of others around the world who want to help the survivors
  • The tens of thousands of people missing will be found alive, reunited with their families and the estimated one million homeless will find shelter
  • Food, clean water and medical supplies will be delivered to the most needy as soon as possible
  • Christians in Burma will feel the peace and comfort of worldwide prayers

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Join me in the first line of defense against this devastation as we pray Burmese victims, rescue operations and the presence of God throughout their nation.

To Him who is our Refuge,
Carl Moeller

Carl Moeller
President/CEO

P.S. Do you want to share a prayer for Burma, have comment on the situation or know someone who was affected by the cyclone? We want to hear from you!  Go to our Blog and post your thoughts.

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anonymous FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS! May 11, 2008 6:40 AM

16 minutes ago

YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's junta
seized U.N. aid shipments Friday meant
for a multitude of hungry and homeless
survivors of last week's devastating cyclone,
forcing the world body to suspend further help.

The aid included 38 tons of high-energy
biscuits and arrived in Myanmar on Friday
on two flights from Bangladesh and the
United Arab Emirates.

"All of the food aid and equipment that
we managed to get in has been confiscated,
" U.N. World Food Program spokesman Risley said.

"For the time being, we have no choice but to
end further efforts to bring critical needed
food aid into Myanmar at this time," he said.

At least 62,000 people are dead or missing
in Myanmar, entire villages are submerged
in the Irrawaddy delta and aid groups
warned that the area is on the verge
of a medical disaster.

The U.N. has grown increasingly
critical of Myanmar's military rulers'
refusal to let foreign aid workers
into the country while the junta
appeared overwhelmed and more
than 1 million homeless people
waited for food, medicine and shelter.

"The frustration caused by what
appears to be a paperwork delay
is unprecedented in modern
humanitarian relief efforts,"
Risley said. "It's astonishing."

The junta said in a statement
Friday it was grateful to the
international community for
its assistance — which has included
11 chartered planes loaded with aid
supplies — but the best way to help was
just to send in material rather than
personnel.

Nearly a week after the storm,
survivors are now having to contend
with rotting corpses of people and
animals as they wait for food, clean
water and medicine.

"Many are not buried and lie in the
water. They have started rotting
and the stench is beyond words,"
Anders Ladekarl, head of the
Danish Red Cross.

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anonymous FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS! May 11, 2008 6:46 AM

Saturday, 7:33 AM

YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's military

regime distributed international aid
Saturday but plastered the boxes
with the names of top generals in
an apparent effort to turn the relief
effort for last week's devastating
cyclone into a propaganda exercise.

The United Nations sent in three
more planes and several trucks
loaded with aid, though the
junta took over its first two
shipments. The government
agreed to let a U.S. cargo plane
bring in supplies Monday, but foreign
disaster experts still were being barred entry.

Despite international appeals to postpone
a referendum on a controversial proposed
constitution, voting began Saturday in all
but the hardest hit parts of the country.
With voters going to the polls, state-run
television continuously ran images of top
generals including junta leader, Senior Gen.
Than Shwe
, handing out boxes of aid at
elaborate ceremonies.

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anonymous SUNDAY! FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS1 May 11, 2008 6:50 AM

4:55 AM

LABUTTA, Myanmar - Apart from the sound

of children crying, the town of Labutta is
strangely silent.

Traumatized by the ordeal of surviving Cyclone
Nargis, few people have anything to say. But it is
also fear bred by 46 years of repression by military
regimes that keeps them quiet.

Although overwhelmed by the worst disaster
in Myanmar's recent history, the junta has turned
down foreign help and insists on using its ragtag
infrastructure and poorly equipped military to
conduct a grossly mismanaged relief operation for
some 2 million people in distress.

And no one dares to protest. Few survivors wanted
to speak to an outsider, as military trucks drove
constantly through the town. Most cowered in
corners.

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anonymous SUNDAY! FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS! May 11, 2008 6:55 AM

6:11 AM

Aid workers said critical supplies were reaching Labutta, a town of 20,000 people whose population more than doubled with 30,000 refugees streaming in from dozens of surrounding villages devastated by the May 3 cyclone.

But efforts to rush food and medicine
from Labutta to lower-lying parts of the
delta that were hardest hit have been
slowed by the military's intense micromanaging.

"The government wants total control of the
situation although they can't provide much
and they have no experience in relief efforts,
" said a leading aid worker for an international
aid organization. "We have to report to them
every step of the way, every decision we make.

"Their eyes are everywhere, monitoring what we
do, who we talk to, what we bring in and how much,"
the aid worker said in a soft voice, constantly
looking around nervously as his assistant turned
off all the lights except one dim lamp.



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anonymous SUNDAY! FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS! May 11, 2008 7:08 AM

YANGON, Myanmar - A Red Cross boat carrying
rice and drinking water for cyclone victims sank
Sunday, while the death toll jumped to more than
28,000 and aid groups warned of a humanitarian
catastrophe.

The double-decker boat that sank was carrying

suppies for more than 1,000 people and was the
first Red Cross shipment to the disaster area,
the International Federation of Red Cross and
Red Crescent Societies said. All four relief workers
on board were safe, it said.

"This is a great loss for the Myanmar
Red Cross and for the people who need aid so urgently,
" said Aung Kyaw Htut, the distribution team leader
of the Myanmar Red Cross.

The sinking was the latest setback for
distribution of aid following Cyclone Nargis.
Though international aid has started to trickle in,
almost all foreign relief workers have been barred
entry into the isolated nation. The junta says it wants
to hand out all donated supplies on its own.

The boat was making the 12-hour journey from
Yangon to Mawlamyinegyun when it hit a submerged
tree trunk and began taking water near Bogalay town,
which was extensively damaged by the cyclone, the
IFRC said.

The boat was carrying 100 bags of rice,
drinking water, water purification tablets,
and other goods. Some relief items were saved and will be transported by foot or bicycle to the nearest town to await onward shipment, it said.

The International Federation's disaster manager in Yangon, Michael Annear, described the sinking as "a big blow."

"Apart from the delay in getting aid to people we may now have to re-evaluate how we transport that aid," he said.

Also Sunday, Myanmar's state television said that the cyclone's death toll has gone up by about 5,000 to 28,458. The number of missing was reduced to 33,416. International aid groups, however, say that the death toll could eventually top 100,000 as humanitarian conditions worsen.



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anonymous  May 11, 2008 9:22 AM

CHRISTIAN AID LAUNCHES BURMA CYCLONE APPEAL
06 May 2008 15:42:00 GMT
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anonymous  May 11, 2008 9:27 AM

CHRISTIAN AID LAUNCHES BURMA CYCLONE APPEAL
06 May 2008 15:42:00 GMT
Anjali Kwatra (akwatra@christian-aid.org)
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Christian Aid today launched an appeal to help those left without shelter, food or water in Burma after Cyclone Nargis hit the country. Christian Aid has immediately allocated £50,000 for local partners to carry out relief work and will send more funds as soon as information comes through on what is needed. Communication with Burma has been very difficult because the storm bought down telephone and electricity lines. As many as a million people may be affected. Hundreds of thousands are reported to be in need of shelter and water. Christian Aid partners in Burma have said they urgently need to provide clean water, shelter, food and water purification tablets. The severe cyclone tore through the heavily populated Irrawaddy Delta on the evening of 2 May reaching Rangoon, Burma's largest city, on May 3. Tens of thousands of homes have been damaged, some villages wiped out and many rural areas are still reportedly submerged under saltwater. The Irrawaddy delta region is Burma's rice bowl and the impact on food supplies will be severe.   'The logistics of this disaster are very challenging. Some of the worst hit areas are very poor and remote,' said Christian Aid's Burma expert Ray Hasan. 'We hope that the Burmese government gives aid agencies full access to the affected areas so we can help those in need.' The storm was brewing in the Bay of Bengal for several days but communities in the affected areas would have been ill prepared due to a lack of early warning systems. One of the themes of this year's Christian Aid Week, which runs from May 11 to 17, is teaching communities how to be better prepared when disasters such as cyclones hit. To make a donation please visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/current/burma_cyclone/index.aspx ENDS Notes to editors  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  May 12, 2008 9:38 PM

NEWS ALERT
Samaritan's Purse Responding to Killer Cyclone

Millions are struggling for survival in Myanmar, following the May 3 cyclone that has claimed more than 100,000 lives. Samaritan’s Purse relief teams are in Myanmar and Thailand, mobilizing emergency relief efforts. Visit our Web site now to learn how you can help.
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anonymous  May 14, 2008 11:20 AM

Burma/Myanmar - The situation continues to deteriorate as a result of the devastating cyclone that passed through Burma on May 3. Many of the Burmese people have not only lost their homes, but they have also lost loved ones. We need to blanket these hungry and homeless survivors in prayer. Many do not have access to food, clean water or medicine. Even though Burma’s borders may be closed, our prayers can pass through unhindered. Read More…

Please Pray:

  • That the tens of thousands of people missing will be found alive, reunited with their families and that the estimated one million homeless will find shelter.
  • For food, clean water and medical supplies to be delivered to those most in need and as soon as possible.
  • That the Burmese Christians will receive the supernatural peace and comfort that can come only through the prayers of compassionate Christians around the world.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:35, 37)

 

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anonymous  June 05, 2008 7:00 PM

Greetings Church:

 

IS GOD GREATER THAN THE UN? – Of course the answer to that is YES! Most of us have read or heard about the recent tragedy that struck Myanmar (formerly Burma) and how many thousands and thousands were lost or killed; have lost their homes and are now in starvation and under the onslaught of diseases; and how the UN has tried to get aid into the country. The UN has been minimally successful and the suffering continues. The government of Burma is a fascists régime bent on genocide of its own population.

 

But among the rubble, destruction, death and the hideousness of man’s injustice toward man, there is a bright Light. Yes the Body of Christ lives on in Burma. We are in contact with a pastor we have known for some time who pastors the underground church and Bible College in the nation, and Sonday has found a way to help. It is God opening the door that no man can shut. If you would like to join us in this compassionate act, send your donations today. They are totally tax exempt in the USA: Mail your checks to Sonday International.Org, P.O. Box 357, Splendora, TX 77372; or you can donate online at www.sonintl.org/donate.htm using the security of PayPal.

 

PASTORS: I need your help in this effort. We aren’t asking for huge donations. Five thousand people a week read this newsletter and if we received $1.00 from each, it would make a huge difference for the suffering saints in Myanmar. Please ask the Lord what he would have you do and email me at Kathi@sonintl.org.

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anonymous  July 24, 2008 5:58 PM

The U.N. food agency says more than 100,000 fishermen have been affected and some 50,000 acres of fish ponds destroyed.

The storm also destroyed boats, nets, jetties and processing plants, crippling a top export revenue earner in one of the world's poorest nations. Last year, Myanmar exported some 350,000 tons of seafood to European and Asian countries, much of it from the vast delta with its long coastline and spider web of rivers.

The Myanmar government says it plans to build more than 9,000 boats and provide fishing nets to speed revival of the industry.

"We have started distribution to help those fishermen to regain their livelihoods," said Saw Lah Paw Wah, assistant director of Myanmar's Fisheries Department.

But even if those tools eventually make their way to fishing families, many no longer have the hands to do the job.

"In fishing families, there is a tendency for the men to be the providers. In the event that fishermen are killed, their families are in a far more difficult position than farming families," said Steve Marshall, the U.N. International Labor Organization representative in Myanmar.

This leaves families like Tin Tin Latt's with a great burden and an uncertain future. Some will have to wait until their surviving children grow up before they can take up their traditional occupation.

"I am afraid my only son will become a fisherman his whole life, following my husband," said the 33-year-old widow. "I don't want him to be killed by a storm like his father."

The destruction wrought by Nargis also destroyed many jobs in the fishing industry.

Marshall's organization and other agencies plan a 12-month project to offer 25,000 delta people jobs building a transport system linking jetties, markets and farms.

But agencies say they lack the funds to cover everyone affected. Two of Tin Tin Latt's three surviving children are under the age of 3, and it's hard to find work for women that generates money while leaving time to care for children, aid workers say.

More than 2 1/2 months after the cyclone struck, Tin Tin Latt's family depends on meager rice handouts from a local aid organization, and her husband's fishing nets lie empty. Rice and fish form the bulk of diets in Myanmar.

The situation for her and thousands of others in the delta still hangs in the balance, although villagers are quickly rebuilding their simple shacks and international aid workers, once barred from the region, offer additional assistance.

In the first full assessment of the disaster, the U.N., Myanmar government and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, this week warned of a second emergency unless $1 billion is forthcoming over the next three years from international donors.

It said 450,000 homes were destroyed, while 4,000 schools and 75 percent of health facilities were damaged.

"The worst of the crisis is over but we are still in a state of emergency. People live in a very precarious condition now. If we fail to sustain the recovery efforts, they may face a second emergency," said Puji Pujiono, a member of the ASEAN assessment team, citing shelter, water, sanitation and food as key priorities.

The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization has appealed for $33.5 million, saying 75 percent of farmers in the country's main food-producing region lack sufficient seed, with little time left before the end of the planting season in August.

The Rome-based agency says more than 50,000 small-scale farming households and 99,000 landless rural households need immediate help.

When interviewed, Tin Tin Latt said she had only enough rice for six days and didn't know if her children would have anything to eat after that. Although afraid, she said she had no choice but to send her 15-year-old son to learn how to handle a boat at sea.

"I wish I could move deeper inland, and find a new way to raise my kids rather than let my son become a fisherman," she said as she dissolved into tears. "Every morning, when he goes aboard the boat, I pray for him not to be taken away as happened to my beloved husband."

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