International help essential to tackle cyclone crisis: NLD

May 26, 2008 (DVB), The National League for Democracy's Relief Committee has said the current cyclone crisis in Burma can only be tackled with the support of the international community and relief experts.

The Committee raised its concerns and view on how to practically deal with the crisis after committee members made their third visit to villages and remote areas in Bogalay and Latputta townships in Irrawaddy division a few days ago to distribute relief supplies to cyclone survivors.

Committee chairperson U Ohn Kyaing said the scale of the crisis was too large for one country to handle alone.

"NLD township and divisional organisers and youth have been providing rice, cooking oil and clothes to villagers in Bogalay, Daydaye and Myaung Mya townships," Ohn Kyaing said.

"It is a real crisis. We can't tackle it alone. I don't think any organisation or even country would be able to deal with it alone," he said.

"This national crisis can only be resolved with the effective support of the international community , money, aid workers, aid and expertise."Ohn Kyaing told DVB that there were survivors in Kyaik Lat, Pyar Pone, Dadaye and Kon Gyan Kone townships who still hadn't received aid and the Committee was collecting information on these people and preparing to send relief supplies urgently to those who are in desperate need.

Ohn Kyaing also said that the more donations the Committee received, the more aid could go to the survivors.

"We are trying our best. At the moment, we are spending the donations we have collected on food, water, clothing and medicine for the cyclone victims," he said.

"Later, we will continue to support them for the reconstruction efforts. We need more donations so we can provide them with more supplies."

So far, the Relief Committee has distributed aid worth about 20.6 million kyat to cyclone survivors in Bogalay, Maw Kyune, Laputta, Kyone Ma Ngay and Myaung Mya townships in Irrawaddy division, and Kon Gyan Kone township and elsewhere in Rangoon division.

Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew

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