Belgian aid arrives in Myanmar

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Two members of the Belgian emergency aid team have arrived in Rangoon, the largest city in Myanmar.

20 May 2008

BELGIUM - Two members of the Belgian emergency aid team B-Fast have arrived in Rangoon, the largest city in Myanmar. The Belgians are helping in the international disaster relief operation following the cyclone that hit Myanmar nearly two weeks ago.

They arrived together with large quantities of Belgian aid.

The B-Fast members are lieutenant-colonel René Wagemans of the Belgian armed forces and Rudy De Win of the Belgian Health Ministry.

They are not being allowed to the disaster area, but will hand over the Belgian aid to officials of the medical aid agency MSF.

The aid includes a water purification station, over 10,000 foldable jerry cans and 20,000 tents as well as medical aid kits.

The aid will be enough to help 100,000 people for three months.

Still no visas for most aid workers

Speaking on Flemish radio the Belgian ambassador to Burma, Jan Matthysen, confirmed that the Burmese authorities are still not issuing visas to some aid workers.

The visas that are being issued are only valid for a short period of time.

So far, aid agencies have collected little funds from the public at large.

Starting Wednesday, the VRT and the commercial channel VTM will air a Red Cross appeal intended to raise cash to help cyclone victims.

[flandersenews.be / Expatica]

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