United Nations relief agencies in Burma
are providing aid to victims of a cyclone that killed at least 140 people last
The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, says the
May 19 storm was the worst in more than 30 years. It devastated towns in the
western state of Rakhine on the Bay of
state-controlled media have not reported on the cyclone. But the government in Rangoon
told U.N. officials that 18,000 people were left homeless by the storm.
UNICEF says Burma
has requested $220,000 worth of rice, medicine, clothing and shelter materials
for victims of the storm. High winds and flooding caused by the cyclone are
said to have disrupted water and power supplies.
Dozens of ships in the Bay of Bengal
were reported lost, but UNICEF says it has not been able to determine the
number of casualties. Homes, schools, hospitals and health centers were damaged
or destroyed in the western coastal region.