¿Alguien se acuerda de Birmania?
¿Os acordais del tifón que asoló Birmania (los finolis la llamarán Burma, es que yo soy muy cateto)? Hay a día de hoy algunos detalles que resultan muy interesantes. El primero es que cerca de 1700 voluntarios han sido aceptados por el país, bastantes menos de los que en mi opinión podrían ser. El segundo es que todos los burócratas posibles (es decir, los de la Junta Militar, el ASEAN y la ONU) están pidiendo más ayudas. Se ha estimado que los costos de reconstrucción serán de 1000 millones de dólares, si bien me pregunto si se tiene en cuenta la tasa de corrupción.
Aunque claro, también depende de lo que la Junta Miliatr birmana entienda por ayuda:
Thein Hlaing wasted no time lamenting his family's misfortune when their home and village were wrecked by Cyclone Nargis in May. At least he, his wife and two young children had survived the savage storm that ravaged Burma and killed at least 140,000 people.
With his neighbours, the 28-year-old labourer plunged into the nearby swamp to retrieve pieces of corrugated tin and lengths of wood from where the winds had blown them, and set about rebuilding his hut on a scrap of land above the floodwater.
But it was not until last week that the first Burmese government official arrived, flanked by uniformed policemen. Joyful at first, Mr Hlaing thought he would get some help at last.
Instead, the official shouted at him, ordering him and his family to dismantle their new home or be thrown into jail. The higher ground had been earmarked for a building development, the official said. It was no longer permitted for anyone to live there.
[...] With road and river travel resuming, foreign helicopters brought in to deliver emergency food supplies are going home. The World Food Programme scaled back flights bringing aid from Thailand last week, judging that the worst is now over. But the United Nations says a further £500 million aid is now needed for long-term rebuilding and to kick-start the delta's farming and industry. There is a question mark over how much of that will be forthcoming from donor countries.
It will take years to finish rebuilding the 800,000 homes and 4,000 schools destroyed by the typhoon. Although nobody is dying of starvation, paddy fields are still inundated with salty water, making it impossible for many farmers to grow the rice that is needed. About half of the area's cattle, pigs and poultry died and 70 per cent of its fishing boats sank.
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