Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Cyclone Nargis 22,000+ Dead

So far the death toll is 22,000 but this is expected to rise to over 100,000. In one town Bogalay, 95 per cent of houses were destroyed with 10,000 dead. The cyclone hit the major rice growing region of Burma.

Burma Campaign has a web page on the crisis, with donation links to major charities helping victims of the cyclone eg. Christian Aid, Oxfam, The Red Cross, Islamic Relief and CAFOD.


The US Burma Campaign changed their donation page, to specify whether donations should go to relief aid for the cyclone.

US Burma Campaign Cyclone Relief Donations

Many Burmese in London have been unable to contact their families in Burma. The Burmese democracy community in London is organising its own appeal on
www.freeburmafunduk.blogspot.com - the Funding is supervised by the International Burmese Monks Organization (UK). Details are:

Bank Name : Barclays Bank (uk)
Account Holder Name : Mr A Candobhasa
A/C 90 00 28 36
S/C 20 80 71

Mobile: 078 77 297 205

To use PayPal Account Please Pay to


a [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk

For security, you should independently check the above details at well known Burmese websites eg.

www.bdmauk.org Burmese Democracy Movement Association

www.ko-htike.blogspot.com a widely read Burmese blog

Other Burmese donation appeals

www.bsouk.org - The non-political Burmese Student Association is organising its own appeal

Don't forget the many refugees needing assistance at the Thailand Burma border. Their numbers are bound to be increased with further refugees from the cyclone hit area. Charities assisting them were already having to ration rice due to the high world prices. Donations to help with refugees can be sent on this link to the Thailand Burma Border Consortium. This is a UK registered charity and an consortium of 11 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from nine countries providing food, shelter and non food items to refugees and displaced people from Burma. They had previously had to impose rations in April due to lack of funds and high rice prices.

The British Government has announced £5m in humanitarian assistance for cyclone victims in Burma. We hope this is additional aid and not redirected aid from an existing aid budget.

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