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Aid worker in Burma gives first hand account of devastation

Broadcast: 07/05/2008

Reporter: Tony Jones

World Vision health advisor Kyi Minn reports from the ground in Burma on the devastation created by
Cyclone Nargis.


TONY JONES: And we're joined on the line now by World Vision's health adviser Kyi Minn who's
actually in the capital Rangoon.

Can you give us a sense first of all what it's like in Rangoon because we hear that particularly
the poorest neighbourhoods are the worst hit?

KYI MINN, WORLD VISION HEALTH ADVISOR: Yes, currently with the communication and transportations
are hampered by the fallen trees and by the cyclone so the main thing is to clear the roads for
transportation so that the relief aids can get into the affected area, even in the Yangon city. So
the first thing is to clear the way and the second thing is to get the portable water because the
water situation is very much severe shortage but the Government is trying to distribute the water
through the water truck in the city but I don't know about situation in the other areas.

TONY JONES: Yes, of course, the worst hit area appears to be the Irrawaddy Delta. There are many
thousands of people have been killed there, evidently, even the Government is admitting that. How
can the aid operation get to those people when there are so few helicopters in the country?

KYI MINN: Yeah, it would be very, very difficult so I think that is why we would need the good
cooperation with the Government to do that because most of the areas are unaccessible by roads
right now because of the flood and all the trees blocking the road. So I think we have to work very
closely with the local authorities and government and also in some area we might use, we might need
the support by the nearby villages to help out with the essential things like portable water and
the basic food needs and also, I think, we also need to take account of the shelter issue because
there's nothing left for anything with roofs. So the shelter issue, temporary tents are also in
need now.

TONY JONES: What are you hearing about how bad things are in the delta region because obviously
very few of your people must have been able to have direct contact with villages down there?

KYI MINN: Yeah, we, what we heard from some of the conference, or some of the people coming from
there and we heard from one of the people that coming from that area he said that he have to walk
for two days come to Yangon because there's no transportation at all but he said on the road he see
corpses on the road and, you know, some are floating on the river. So the scene is quite
devastating and it's, you know, you feel totally overwhelmed and helpless in the situation but this
was the eye witness but we could not verify it because we could not go there right now.

TONY JONES: We'll have to leave you there. We thank you very much for jumping into join us on the
line there. We will have to go and move on now, thank you

KYI MINN: Thank you.