YANGON, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar top leader Senior-General Than Shwe
instructed local authorities to set up orphanages for children whose parents
were killed in the cyclone, according to Tuesday's state TV news report at noon.
Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, made the
instructions during his Monday tour to cyclone-hit areas in southwestern
He called for such establishment in the division's hardest-hit townships of
Laputta and Pyapon, the report said, adding that for the moment, these orphans
so far found were accommodated in Maubinand Myaungmya, the lesser-hit areas in
the division, as a special program of the relief work.
Than Shwe made his first trip to cyclone-hit areas in Yangon's suburban
townships of Hlaingtharya and Dagon Myothit (Both South and West) on Sunday and
then to Kungyangon Yangon division and Dedaye and Phyapon in Ayeyawaddy division
on Monday, meeting with cyclone victims there and gave guidance on the relief
and resettlement work there.
Meanwhile, Myanmar announced that the government has increased spending of
up to over 50 billion Kyats (over 45.45 million dollars) for relief use from 20
billion Kyats previously allotted.
A deadly tropical cyclone Nargis, which occurred over the Bay of Bengal,
hit five divisions and states -- Ayeyawaddy, Yangon, Bago, Mon and Kayin on May
2 and 3, of which Ayeyawaddy and Yangon inflicted the heaviest casualties and
massive infrastructural damage including religious buildings, schools,
hospitals, vessels, animals, crops cultivation, forest and ration.
According to an updated official death toll, as many as 77,738 people have
been killed with 55,917 still missing totaling 133,655in the disaster. The
number of the injured was 19,359.