Monday, May 05, 2008
Burmese Foreign Minister Nyan Win says that 10 000 people have been killed by the cyclone that hit western Burma.
According to Al Jazeera the Burmese government has asked for foreign aid to assist with the disaster. The UN is also set to enter Burma.
I watched a CNN report earlier this evening that said the military has not been deployed onto the streets. This is in stark contrast to the heavy military crackdown that followed Buddhist monk's protest last year.
The BBC reports that the "Burma's military junta has said a referendum on a new national constitution will go ahead on Saturday. People were "eagerly looking forward to voting."
What the outcome of the referendum will be remains a matter of speculation. I am not expecting a progressive outcome.
Right now most folks are looking for clean water, food, and safe shelter.
***Update(Tuesday, May 6)***
The Guardian reports that the death toll has risen to 22 000 with 41 000 people missing in Burma. The report also says that the Burma regime has admitted that it is struggling to cope.