Saturday, May 10, 2008

Relief falls far short in Myanmar, aid organizers say

GENEVA (AP) — No helicopters. Almost no boats. Floods and fallen trees on the roads.

Many obstacles are keeping relief workers from reaching most of the hundreds of thousands of people who are without food or safe drinking water in cyclone-devastated Myanmar, organizers said Friday. U.N. health officials warned of a growing risk of waterborne diseases.

Only one out of 10 people who need aid have received some kind of relief in the six days since the cyclone hit, said Anders Ladekarl, secretary-general of the Danish Red Cross.

"We are simply lacking transportation. There are almost no boats and no helicopters. This is really a nightmare to make this operation run," Ladekarl said in a satellite telephone interview from Myanmar to Danish broadcaster DR.

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