Myanmar lists 32,000 killed in cyclone

May 12, 2008 at 1:52 PM
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YANGON, Myanmar, May 12 (UPI) -- State television in Myanmar Monday updated the death toll from this month's cyclone to nearly 32,000.

The report monitored in Bangkok by The New York Times said 31,938 people were dead and another 29,770 were missing. The United Nations has estimated that between 62,000 and 100,000 people died in the disaster.

A U.N. official said outside aid was still at a trickle due to the government's refusal to open its borders to foreign relief crews.

The Times said a possible breakthrough came Monday when the government allowed a U.S. military C-130 to land in the former Burma. The plane carried supplies along with U.S. Navy Adm. Timothy Keating, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific.

"We told them we could come in during the day and leave at night, that they could put Burmese officials on our planes and ships and that we would provide our own fuel," Keating told the Times in a telephone interview. "We told them we wouldn't stay a day longer than they wanted."

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