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NARGIS CYCLON - MYANMAR
In may, 2008 Cyclone Nargis swept across the Irrawaddy Delta region of Myanmar and killed more than 140 000 people. Many of the people whose lives have been devastated by the storm have received no aid, whether from the Government or from the aid agencies that have finally been given limited access to the affected areas - mostly in regions close to Rangoon. It has been left to individuals, volunteer relief workers who are private citizens, to make risky trips by car and boat to distribute rice and other foodstuffs to villages where aid has yet to reach. They risk arrest and possible imprisonment if caught, since the government seems threatened by these acts of heroic generosity.