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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fraction of Aid Gets to Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — The UN said Tuesday that only a tiny portion of international relief is reaching Myanmar's cyclone victims, amid fears that the country's military regime is hoarding high-quality foreign aid for itself while people make do with rotten food.

"There is obviously still a lot of frustration that this aid effort hasn't picked up pace" 10 days after the cyclone hit, said Richard Horsey, the spokesman for the UN humanitarian operation in Bangkok, the capital of neighboring Thailand.

Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar's Irrawaddy delta on May 2 and 3, leaving about 62,000 people dead or missing, according to the government count.

The UN has suggested that the death toll is likely to be more than 100,000.

With their homes washed away and large tracts of land underwater, some 2 million survivors — mostly poor rice farmers — are living in abject misery, facing disease and starvation.

The UN said the World Food Program is getting in 20 percent of the food needed because of bottlenecks, logistics problems and government-imposed restrictions.

In remarks published Tuesday, German Development Minster Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul called on Russia and China to push for UN Security Council action to pressure Myanmar to open its borders to international aid.