Czech government, aid groups join Burma relief effort
Time is running out for hundreds of thousands of people stranded without food, drinking water and medical supplies on Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta, in the wake of the devastating typhoon that hit the region nine days ago. A number of Czech humanitarian aid organisations have joined the relief effort – raising money and trying to assess the priorities for aid.
The money will go towards food, drinking water, shelter and medical supplies, but part of the problem is the Burmese authorities’ refusal to let foreign aid workers in to deliver it. Earlier we spoke to a People in Need co-ordinator who’s currently on the Thai-Burmese border. He asked not to be named to avoid deportation by the Burmese authorities.
“We are hoping to do as much as possible, even though it’s going to be just a drop in the ocean. We are planning to do food and non-food item distribution, and we’re preparing a big shipment of water purification tablets that we want to get to the people and we are bringing our organisational and logistical capacity. But our focus definitely at this stage will be on food, some blankets and clothing, and water purification tablets. This is what’s most needed now.”
You can find more details about the Czech appeals here: