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14 May, 2008 - Published 12:13 GMT
First UK aid plane lands in Burma
The first aid flight from Britain has landed in Burma carrying relief supplies for the victims of Cyclone Nargis. Thirty-six tonnes of aid were delivered today, with further British flights expected over the coming days. Here's our correspondent in Bangkok Jonathan Head:
The Burmese military has now banned all foreigners and any cameras from going into the stricken Irrawaddy delta but aid agencies say they are slowly improving the delivery of relief supplies, using local staff and organisations like the Red Cross. However tens of thousands of survivors remain without adequate food and shelter and more heavy rain is forecast over the next twenty-four hours.
The first aircraft from Britain has now arrived in Rangoon, carrying thirty-six tonnes of equipment like plastic sheeting and jerry cans, more British aid flights are likely to follow.
There is continued diplomatic pressure on Burma to accept a much larger international presence, but governments appear to have decided it's still worth flying aid into the country, despite the many uncertainties over how well and how quickly it can be distributed to the cyclone's victims.
Jonathan Head, BBC News, Bangkok
stricken Irrawaddy delta
without adequate food and shelter
more British aid flights are likely to follow
There is continued diplomatic pressure on
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