More and more deaths from Cyclone Nargis

International help starts

Nargis rainfall (in millimeters per hour) © NASA / TRMM / Hal Pierce / Jesse Allen
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Even four days after the devastating hurricane "Nargis" in Myanmar, the full extent of the disaster is still unclear. According to the state media, over 22, 000 people have died in the cyclone, 42, 000 more are still missing. Helpers estimate that over one million people have lost their roof over their heads due to the storm.

The information situation in the already isolated country is still difficult, because the communication systems have almost completely collapsed. But there are always "locks of communication", as the managing director of the aid organization CARE, Wolfgang Jamann, emphasizes. According to Jamann, it may be necessary to expect "a further increase in the death toll."

Helpers warn of outbreaks of disease

The cyclone, which swept over Myanmar at top speeds of over 200 kilometers per hour over the weekend, has destroyed the country extensively. Around 24 million people are directly affected by the effects of the natural disaster, according to official figures. Numerous roads and paths are hardly or not passable. It lacks almost all power and clean water.

Aid organization therefore warned about the onset of disease in Myanmar, especially diarrheal diseases: "It is therefore urgent that we bring food into the country and provide clean water, " said CARE Germany CEO Heribert Scharrenbroich. Mittagsmagazin ".

DRK works around the clock

In the meantime, international aid has at least begun to spread - For example, volunteer red-crested helpers in Myanmar are already distributing drinking water, clothing, food and plastic tarpaulins to people affected by the devastating hurricane on the weekend. Five Red Cross exploration teams have also left the capital, Yangon, to explore relief needs in rural areas that are difficult to access. display

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"We are currently working around the clock to help people in Myanmar, " says Bernd Schell of the German Red Cross in Bangkok, where international aid is being coordinated. The Red Cross is one of the few organizations that can already work in the country.

The Red Cross in Myanmar has a network of over 10, 000 volunteers. From warehouses in the country, over 4, 000 family packages were distributed with clothes, blankets, mosquito nets, towels, soap and cooking utensils. Other supplies, especially tents and plastic tarpaulins for emergency shelters, can be brought into the country from the Red Cross camp in Kuala Lumpur, if requested.

To finance the first aid measures, the Red Cross has made 122, 000 euros available. Demand is likely to increase in the coming days as soon as the full extent of the disaster becomes visible.

Air bridge for food

The aid organization CARE will also begin distributing foodstuffs as soon as possible together with the WFP World Food Program. According to CARE, this may also require a "regular air bridge".

Just as important as food supplies, after CARE assessment is the cleaning of the water. Jamann: "Already already maltreated and ill women and children would be directly affected by polluted water."

He also expects a year-long construction after the terrible cyclone in Myanmar . Jamann said in Bonn, of course, it is now about dasthe survival of the hurricane victims . At the same time, everything must be done so that people are better prepared for such a disaster.

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(DRK / ZDF / CARE, 07.05.2008 - DLO)