Junta Leader Meets With Cyclone Survivors

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Junta leader meets with cyclone survivors

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - There are reports that the leader of
Myanmar's military regime has met with cyclone survivors.
State television says the junta leader (Than Shwe) visited two
relief camps today, marking the first time he has met with the
survivors since the tragedy more than two weeks ago.
He visited the camps on the outskirts of Yangon.
The junta has been facing criticism for not accepting more
international aid. The military regime insists it is managing
relief operations perfectly well on its own despite evidence that
many survivors are living with little food, shelter or medical
help.
A British minister tells the BBC that Myanmar may soon allow
Western ships to deliver aid to hard hit areas using Asian
intermediaries.
About 78,000 people are confirmed dead, but aid agencies say it
could be much higher.


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