People on the ground level have said that the death toll is going to reach 40,000 – almost twice the number reported yesterday.
2 million have been displaced from their homes.
Understandably, the government of the nation once known and disputed as Burma is reeling. So on top of this, the military government, which was already in the news and under scrutiny for how they dealt with anti-government protests at the end of last year, is guarded about the help they receive and how “relief” is administered.
This means that relief workers are literally unable to get in the door to help. I heard this morning that when U.S. First Lady Laura Bush implied that the Myanmar gov’t was incompetent, visas to awaiting American relief workers were immediately denied. In effect, “thanks, but no thanks.”
So pray. Give.