Bodies Fill Burmese Delta

Villagers desperate in areas receiving little aid
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 11, 2008 5:15 AM CDT
In this photo released by the Mandalay Gazette, damage to a Buddhist temple in the Lat Put Tar region of the Irrawady delta is seen Monday, May 5, 2008.    (AP Photo/Mandalay Gazette, HO)
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(Newser) – The horrifying sight of bodies flowing by in streams or caught on vegetation has become commonplace in a remote area of Burma hit hard by the cyclone that has seen almost no government aid, reports the New York Times. “When we first saw the bodies floating past, we were sad and afraid,” said a farmer. “Now we just say, 'Here comes another body.'”

A boat trip through the Irrawaddy Delta revealed “countless” bodies and many houses reduced to dirt foundations. An estimated 1.5 million cyclone survivors desperately need food, fresh water, medicine and supplies. “We only have food for the next few days,” said one resident who lives in a tiny village where 96 of 200 people were killed.