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Cablegate: Burma: Cyclone Nargis Sitrep No. 11

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PP RUEHCHI RUEHDT RUEHHM RUEHNH RUEHTRO
DE RUEHGO #0398/01 1410730
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 200730Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY RANGOON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7634
INFO RUCNASE/ASEAN MEMBER COLLECTIVE
RUEHGG/UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 1211
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 4755
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 8299
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 5861
RHHMUNA/CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 3735
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 1644
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 RANGOON 000398

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR USAID/OFDA, EAP/MLS, S/ES-O-CMS, DS/CC AND
DS/IP/EAP; PACOM FOR LTC JAMIE MCADEN; BANGKOK FOR RSO

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID BM
SUBJECT: BURMA: CYCLONE NARGIS SITREP NO. 11

REF: RANGOON 392 AND PREVIOUS

SUMMARY
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1. (SBU) EMBASSY OPERATIONS: Embassy Rangoon operated on
city power and had full diesel fuel tanks. Amcit, reported
in Rangoon 376 as being diagnosed with gastroentitis and
dehydration at the Mawlamyine hospital, departed Rangoon for
Germany on May 20. The consular section will resume visa
services on May 21. No criminal incidents involving American
staff were reported.

2. (SBU) U.S. RELIEF FLIGHTS: Five C-130 flights carrying
relief supplies were cleared and scheduled to arrive in
Rangoon on May 20, including one consigned to an NGO. We
have requested clearance for five more flights tomorrow, May
21, with two consigned to NGOs.

3. (SBU) SITUATION ON THE GROUND: It rained in Rangoon and
much of the delta this past weekend, exacerbating existing
problems. Lt. General John Goodman arrived in Rangoon on May
20. The GOB granted him permission to stay in the city for a
few hours today, during which time he met with members of
Embassy Rangoon and toured parts of the city affected by the
storm. Food prices in Rangoon have begun to drop but most
are still higher than before the cyclone. Fuel prices in
Rangoon dropped and are returning to pre-cyclone levels.
Econ contacts reported three shiploads of diesel fuel are now
arriving in Rangoon each day.

EMBASSY OPERATIONS
------------------

4. (SBU) STAFFING AND OPERATIONS: Embassy Rangoon operated
on its normal 0800-1630 schedule subject to a liberal leave
policy. Other than those on regularly scheduled leave, a
full complement of local employees reported for work.

5. (SBU) CONSULAR: Amcit, reported in Rangoon 376 as being
diagnosed with gastroentitis and dehydration at the
Mawlamyine hospital, departed Rangoon for Germany on May 20.
The consular section will resume visa services on May 21.

6. (SBU) AUTHORIZED DEPARTURE: No EFMs have departed post or
requested to leave since May 13.

7. (SBU) FUEL AND POWER: The Embassy operated on city power
and had full diesel storage tanks.

8. (SBU) WATER: The Embassy continued to have adequate water
supplies and purification capacity on hand.

9. (SBU) SECURITY: No criminal incidents involving American
staff were reported.

U.S. RELIEF FLIGHTS
-------------------

10. (SBU) Five C-130 flights carrying relief supplies were
cleared and scheduled to arrive in Rangoon on May 20,
including one consigned to an NGO. We have requested
clearance for five more flights tomorrow, May 21, with two
consigned to NGOs.

SITUATION ON THE GROUND
-----------------------

11. (SBU) CONDITIONS, CASUALTIES AND DAMAGE: On May 19, the
GOB declared a three-day mourning period for the victims of
the cyclone, 17 days after it struck. Save the Children told
the press it estimated 30,000 children in the delta were
malnourished before the cyclone, and believed thousands of
them may now be at risk of starvation. It rained in Rangoon
and much of the delta this past weekend. Aid agencies and
NGOs have warned the coming monsoon season will likely

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exacerbate existing problems, including sanitation, health,
and the provision of aid.

12. (SBU) RECOVERY AND RELIEF: Lt. General John Goodman
arrived in Rangoon on May 20. The GOB granted him a visa on
arrival which permits him to stay in Rangoon for several
hours today, but not overnight. He attended Embassy
Rangoon's country team meeting, met with members of the
mission community, and toured parts of Rangoon affected by
the storm.

13. (SBU) FUEL: Fuel prices in Rangoon dropped and were
returning to pre-cyclone levels. We no longer observed long
lines at city automobile fuel stations (CNG and gasoline).
Econ contacts reported three shiploads of diesel fuel are now
arriving in Rangoon each day. Private companies are taking
delivery of them for sale on the open market. The fuel is
currently being imported from Malaysia, but businesses are
also exploring importing some from Thailand.

14. (SBU) FOOD AND WATER: Food prices in Rangoon have begun
to drop but most were still higher than before the cyclone.
Shortages in the delta continued.

15. (SBU) ELECTRICITY: The GOB continued to restore power
to parts of Rangoon, focusing on the eastern, western, and
northern parts of the city.

16. (SBU) LAW AND ORDER: We received no reports of
widespread looting or public disturbances in or around
Rangoon.
VILLAROSA

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