Burmese struggle to survive

Hla Hla Htay

The Friends of Newin faction has been lavishly pampered by the Democrat leadership to the extent that some Democrats feel belittled or disappointed.

Fisherman Htein Lin Aung, a father of three, says a new roof is out of the question as he fixes the engine of his boat beneath the tarpaulin covering of his bamboo tent outside the town of Kungyangon.

“We have been in difficulties since Nargis. The weather is also unusual now,” said Htein Lin Aung, 37, whose house was one of hundreds of thousands destroyed by the cyclone.

The storm left 138,000 people dead or missing and affected more than 2.5 million, while the Burmese military junta provoked outrage by initially hampering international aid efforts with red tape.

The military government relented after a visit from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. But rebuilding the southwestern Irrawaddy Delta, which suffered the brunt of the cyclone, is dragging on. continue http://www.bangkokpost.com/topstories/topstories.php?id=135590

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