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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Cyclone destruction in Myanmar extensive and death toll climbs to 22,000

We haven't been able to contact our staff and volunteers in Myanmar because the cyclone has damaged communication networks but we have heard that the state radio in Myanmar has raised the death toll from Saturday's killer cyclone to more than 22,000 people.

As many as 41,000 have been reported missing and the death toll is expected to rise significantly in the coming days.

In some villages, only 5 per cent of the inhabitants remain alive in the wake of the terrifying storm.

We hope to connect with HOPE International Development Agency staff and volunteers in the next 24 hours and we are already making preparations to provide emergency care packages that will help the survivors stay alive in the coming days.

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