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Burma after the cyclone

Aid for Burma

A four-strong team of volunteers from Cornwall are in Burma to start distributing aid from Shelterbox. It's now feared that the death toll from the cyclone could top 100,000. Hear our report.

The first boxes with tents and other relief equipment from Helston based Shelterbox has arrived in Burma.

The relief effort is in full swing to help the stricken people of Burma. In a warehouse on an industrial estate, the headquarters of the charity, Shelterbox, is the scene of frantic activity.

Shelterbox

Shelterbox aid ready to leave Helston

The Burma disaster is the 71st disaster to which Shelterbox has responded. As soon as news started coming in of the cyclone, staff and volunteers swung into action.

BBC Radio Cornwall's Chris Young went along to Shelterbox to find out more:

More than 600 Shelterboxes, with nearly 850 tents, are already in Burma. The first arrived on Thursday 8 May 2008.

Shelterbox says it's delighted to have received visas from the Burmese government ahead of other aid organisations. It's a recognition, it says, of its growing international reputation as an independent and instant response aid agency.

Young family

A young Burmese family

ShelterBox distributes tough, green plastic boxes containing a 10-person tent and enough equipment to house a large family for at least six months.

For the latest on the Burmese situation, or to find out more about Shelterbox, click on the links below:

last updated: 16/05/2008 at 13:02
created: 08/05/2008

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