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'No access' to Burma cyclone zone

Burma's junta has tightened access to areas hit by Cyclone Nargis, despite pleas to allow in foreign aid workers.

A UN official says the regime has erected more checkpoints to ensure foreigners cannot reach affected areas.

The latest official figures put the death toll at almost 38,500 with 27,838 more missing, state radio said.

The UN says up to 2.5m people need urgent aid and has called a meeting of regional and donor nations to discuss "all options" on aid.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday's meeting of donors and the Association of South-East Asian Nations would discuss the "mobilisation of resources and aid workers".

He "regretted" the UN had spent much of its time arranging rather than delivering help.

"Even though the [Burmese] government has shown some sense of flexibility, at this time it's far, far too short," he said.

Meanwhile, forecasters say another cyclone is forming off Burma's coast.
Donnie Darko
Too bad we blew our wad on Iraq. What's left of that country actually could use a little old INVASION.
Tibro
I don't think China would approve. Or underwrite the effort.
Donnie Darko
They're really in no position to say no to an international body forcing their way into Burma to deliver aid for a natural disaster, especially given the natural disaster they are currently in the throes of. It doesn't matter though, we're not going to do anything beyond pledging aid and watching it not get into the hands of those who need it.

Absomphe
Xit, I read the title, and hoped against hope that this was a cat thread.

Damn you, Newgaters!
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