The tragedy in Myanmar is absolutely staggering — Cyclone Nargis wrecked the country a week ago, and reports of the death toll are conflicting, but terrifyingly high. State-run Myanmar television sets it at 28,458, with 33,416 people still missing. The Times Online indicates that the death toll could reach a million if disease sets in and the current sanitation conditions persist.
The military junta is still blocking aid sent to cyclone victims, which is insane, ridiculous, and absolutely criminal in my eyes. But just because the aid efforts are being blocked now doesn’t mean aid isn’t necessary. Just the opposite — the people of Myanmar desperately need assistance by any means necessary.
If you’d like to help, Google is supporting cyclone victims through direct donations to UNICEF and the Direct Aid Organization. The Body Shop is donating 25% of the proceeds from their Bag for Life to Save the Children, who is organizing relief efforts — food, sanitation, clothing and health care supplies — for children affected by Cyclone Nargis.
And before you click to start donating, you should read this article which illustrates Charity Navigator’s guide to donating to cyclone victims. Here’s hoping the people who need it the most start getting help immediately.