A single United Nations plane laden with relief supplies has finally landed in Burma's Irrawaddy Delta region—six days after a pulverizing cyclone killed an estimated 100,000 people, AP is reporting. Three other UN planes are expected to land later today, but flights operated jointly by the US and Thailand remain grounded as officials continue to negotiate with Burma's reluctant military leaders to allow foreign aid into the stricken region, Reuters reports.
"They need assistance today. They needed it yesterday," said one UN official. "They can't wait. It's crucial that food, water, shelter and medical supplies need to go in right away." Relief experts usually aim for major supplies to reach a struggling population within 48 hours.