A number of regional and international aid agencies are calling on ASEAN today to provide more aid effort to cyclone devastated Burma.
The main non-government aid agencies, including CARE, Save the Children, World Vision and Mercy Malaysia held a media conference in Bangkok to update the media about the situation on the ground.
[Jemilah Mahmood, Mercy Malaysia]:
"The assistance getting to people affected by the international communities is 25 percent, roughly between 25-30 percent, that's the reported range. And that's just not good enough."
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon arrived in Rangoon on Thursday and took "a message of hope" to Cyclone Nargis victims. Ban has said relief teams had been able to reach only a quarter of those in need after one of the worst cyclones in Asia in decades.
The government wants more than $11 billion in aid, but international donors need access to verify the needs, according to the ASEAN Secretary-General. The junta government estimates the damage to one of Asia's least-developed economies at $10 billion.
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