mya-blog.jpg  Rescuing a child in Myanmar Cyclone Nargis devastated the state of Myanmar (Burma) last Saturday, destroying whole villages and battering the capital. The death toll is rising daily but already tens of thousands are confirmed killed including many children. Whole villages have been destroyed and there is no electricity or water in the capital Rangoon, which has a population of 5 million and which took a direct hit from the cyclone. Many thousands of survivors have seen their homes destroyed and are seeking shelter in schools, monasteries and mosques. The growing humanitarian crisis is exacerbated by the refusal of the military government to allow personnel from aid agencies access to the disaster areas. The country was due to have a referendum this Saturday on the constitution which would have entrenched military rule. It is not known whether this will go ahead in the face of the disaster.